The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.
TWC will also distribute the film in the US while FilmNation continues to represent sales for the rest of the world after reporting a roaring trade in Berlin.
StudioCanal will release in the UK, Elevation Pictures in Canada, Roadshow Films in Australia, Europacorp in France, Splendid Film in Germany, Videa in Italy, Sun Distribution in Latin America and Mis Label in Scandinavia.
FilmNation also closed deals in South Korea (9ers Entertainment), Hong Kong (Bravos), Taiwan (Applause), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Portugal (Prisvideo/Ecofilmes), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Philippines (Captive Entertainment), Indonesia (PT Amero), India/Pakistan (PVR Pictures), Turkey (Aqua Group), Greece (Spentzos Film) and Israel (LEV Cinemas).
FilmNation co-president of production and acquisitions Aaron Ryder will produce with Jeremy Renner’s and Don Handfield’s The Combine.
John Lee Hancock will direct recent Oscar nominee Keaton ahead of an expected start in mid-May in Atlanta.
The tone of the project is described as being in the vein of The Social Network and There Will Be Blood and chronicles how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, took control of Mac and Dick McDonald’s southern California burger business and transformed it into what it is today.
CAA brokered the deal with FilmNation evp of business and legal affairs Alison Cohen and TWC COO David Glasser and evp of acquisitions and business and legal affairs Michal Steinberg.