Ending Soon! Save 33% on All Access

This Movie About McDonald's Could Be 'The Social Network' for Fast-Food John Lee Hancock, director of 'The Blind Side,' is reportedly in negotiations to direct a movie on the early days of McDonald's.

By Kate Taylor

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Lisa-Lisa | Shutterstock.com

Everyone remembers the Oscar buzz around The Social Network in 2010. Now, imagine if you took all the drama of the early days of a world-changing company and added hamburgers.

The Founder is a drama slated to bring the story of the rise of McDonald's to the big screen. John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side, is reportedly in negotiations to direct.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's tone will be in the same vein as The Social Network, a dramatic take on the triumphs and betrayals of the people involved in Facebook's founding. Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton have both considered or been considered for the role of Ray Kroc, the man who built McDonald's into a fast-food empire, according to Variety.

Related: Christian Bale Won't Play Steve Jobs in Biopic After All

The mega-chain's creation myth does have some plot points in common with The Social Network: while McDonald's retains the names of its founders, the McDonald's brothers, it was Kroc who realized the potential of fast food and spread the chain from coast-to-coast, eventually buying out the brothers. You can even imagine Kroc furiously telling the McDonald's brothers, "If you guys were the inventors of McDonald's, you would have invented McDonald's."

Instead, viewers will likely be treated with moments like Ray Kroc telling an employee, on the topic of the McDonald's brothers, "I'm not normally a vindictive man, but this time I'm going to get those sons-of-bitches."

That's right, Zuckerberg fans – startup strife far predates the tech industry.

Related: 7 Film Biographies to Inspire Every Entrepreneur

Kate Taylor


Kate Taylor is a reporter at Business Insider. She was previously a reporter at Entrepreneur. Get in touch with tips and feedback on Twitter at @Kate_H_Taylor. 

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Business News

Apple iPhone 7 Users May Be Owed a Slice of a $35 Million Settlement — Here's How to Claim Your Share

Previous (and current, no judgment) iPhone 7 users may be entitled to up to $349. The deadline to file a claim is June 3.

Business News

Did OpenAI steal Scarlett Johansson's voice? 5 Critical Lessons for Entrepreneurs in The AI Era

Did OpenAI steal Scarlett Johansson's voice? OpenAI has since paused the "Sky" voice feature, but Johansson argues that this is no coincidence. In response, Johansson delivers a masterclass for entrepreneurs on navigating the AI era successfully.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.


How Corporate Investment Helps Startups Deploy Technology Faster Than Ever

Financial resources, strategic alignment, access to expertise, market validation and operational support make this deployment possible.