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Posted 03 February 2015 - 06:54 PM

McDonald's will not stand in the way of an upcoming biopic following the origins of the fast-food company.

Michael Keaton is in early talks to play Ray Kroc in the film, who - according to the movie's script - cheated two hamburger stand owners out of a potential $200 million, The Hollywood Reporter states.

The film, written by Robert Siegel, follows salesman Kroc as he meets the stand owners called Mac and Dick McDonald.

Per the script, as he persuades the brothers to franchise their business, he eventually takes the name McDonald's from them and pretends to have made it up himself.

Director of media relations for McDonald's Lisa McComb said: "Ray Kroc's story is compelling, so we're not surprised Hollywood wants to dramatise it for the big screen.

"The historical facts of his journey to success are in his autobiography and other non-fictional accounts of McDonald's."

Kroc, who died in 1984, previously wrote about the making of the company in his 1977 autobiography Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's - including an account of how he reneged on a handshake agreement to pay the McDonald brothers a 1.9% royalty fee, after he bought the company from them in 1961 for $2.7 million.

John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr Banks, The Blind Side) is reportedly in line to direct the upcoming drama.

Digital Spy