The most recognized and most popular food chain McDonald’s is making it is own movie, The film will be called The Founder, and Saving Mr. Banks director, John Lee Hancock, is in negotiations to direct. The movie is about the origin story of the fast food giant.
Here’s a description of the story from THR:
“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 in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.”
The script was written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), and the tone of the script has been described as being like The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. This will be very informative for our younger viewers who do not know about the history of McDonald’s.
The McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets. Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948 they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Businessman Ray Krocjoined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.
A McDonald’s restaurant is operated by either a franchisee, an affiliate, or the corporation itself. McDonald’s Corporation revenues come from the rent, royalties, and fees paid by the franchisees, as well as sales in company-operated restaurants. In 2012, McDonald’s Corporation had annual revenues of $27.5 billion, and profits of $5.5 billion. According to a 2012 report by the BBC, McDonald’s is the world’s second largest private employer (behind Walmart) with 1.9 million employees, 1.5 million of whom work for franchises.