Harvey Weinstein has stepped in to back Michael Keaton's next role - as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.

2 Mar 2015 - 11:32 AM  UPDATED 2 Mar 2015 - 11:32 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Weinstein Co. has acquired distribution rights to Michael Keaton project "The Founder," the story of how Ray Kroc turned McDonald's into a global fast food empire.

FilmNation is producing along with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield, through their shingle theCombine. The company plans to shoot later this year with John Lee Hancock directing.

The story, developed in the vein of "The Social Network," will focus on how Kroc -- a milkshake dispensers salesman created one of the most powerful brands in the world. Kroc began working for the McDonald brothers in 1954 at the age of 51 as a franchising agent and bought the chain for $2.7 million in 1961.

"The Wrestler" scribe Robert Siegel wrote the script for "The Founder."

Keaton is also starring in Universal-Legendary's "Kong: Skull Island."

TWC had no comment on the news, first reported by the Wrap.