Michael Keaton is officially out of hibernation. Not that he ever actually went away or stopped working, but he definitely kept a low profile for the last two-ish decades, doing mostly smaller projects and voice over work. But now he’s back for real. For his Birdman follow-up, first he’s got Spotlight coming out this year, about the uncovering of the Catholic church molestation scandal. For 2017, he’s just joined the cast of that King Kong prequel spectacular, Skull Island. And now he’s in talks for another project. An amazing project. A project about hamburgers. The dark side of hamburgers.
The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
The movie is said to be similar in tone to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood, which is just hilarious and fantastic and lends itself to so many milkshake jokes. I hope Keaton’s character is equal parts Daniel Day-Lewis and Grimace. Here’s a quick look at the character design:
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if those comparisons are warranted. Those are two big titles to live up to, and the team behind this doesn’t seem the most likely choices for a tense, thrilling corporate drama. It’s being written by Robert Siegel, who did The Wrestler and Big Fan (encouraging), but directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks). Is there a saccharine, Disney version of There Will Be Blood that I don’t know about? Still, I’m in that post-Birdman glow where Keaton can do no wrong, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for now and saying that this sounds phenomenal.