While most origin stories are reserved for superhero movies, the history behind fast food restaurant McDonald's will be getting its own big screen retelling in The Founder. John Lee Hancock, best known for his hit dramas Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side, will direct this tale of McDonald's rise as a fast food empire. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing.
The Founder will tell the true story of Ray Kroc, who was a salesman from Illinois. He met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running their own burger operation in 1950s Southern California, and was impressed by their speedy system of making and delivering food. Kroc saw franchise potential in the restaurant, and pulled the company from the brothers to create a billion-dollar business.Read More
The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is reuniting with producer Gil Netter for yet another sports drama, with this project based on the life of former Major League Baseball star Lenny Dykstra.
No plot details were given, and it isn't known if a screenwriter is attached at this time. It isn't known if the project will focus on his playing days, or his well-documented problems off the field, after he retired from the game. Lenny Dykstra's professional playing career began in 1985 with the New York Mets, and he was an instrumental part in their 1986 World Series win, where his hard-nosed style of play earned him the nickname "Nails." He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989, where he played until his last professional season in 1996. He briefly attempted a comeback at spring training in 1998, before he officially retired at the age of 35.Read More
Director John Lee Hancock is in early negotiations with Disney to direct Saving Mr. Banks for Disney.
The project tells the story of how Walt Disney waged a 14-year courtship to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers to sell him rights to make a film out of Mary Poppins. The script surrounds how close the author felt to her story of a nanny with magical powers. Mary Poppins reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who past on when she was 7. Disney finally convinced her to let him make the film, but she was reluctant to sell the story.Read More
Filmmaker John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) has signed on to write and direct The Partner for New Regency.
The project will be adapted from the 2005 John Grisham novel, which centers on a young Mississippi attorney who fakes his own death in order to swindle millions of dollars from his law firm. New Regency head Arnon Milchan previously wrote the John Grisham adaptations The Client, A Time to Kill, and Runaway Jury.Read More
ABC has picked up a crime drama project from The Blind Side writer John Lee Hancock that centers on a Walter Mitty-type lead.
Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott are producing.Read More
The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock has found another true-story for his next project in Electric Boy Genius for Disney, according to Deadline.
The movie will center on the true story of Ryan Patterson, an electrical engineering genius who was wiring his house before he was even in kindergarten. By high school he was making complex robots, and he even invented an electronic sign language translator.Read More
AMC is in talks to pick up The Wreck, a drama from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is set in the world of Southern college football, and centers on the high-profile head coach of a once-legendary team that has just finished a losing season. The school gives the coach one last chance to turn the team into winners or he's fired.Read More