The Founder which follows the origins of how McDonald’s rose up will be released on Nov. 25, 2016. Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights and will distribute. FilmNation and The Combine are producing. Pic stars Michael Keaton as Illinois salesman Ray Kroc who turned McDonald’s drive-through business into a national franchise, pushing the original owners, Mac and Dick McDonald completely out of the business. That Thanksgiving corridor has continually been a prime awards season launch date for TWC, having bowed such Oscar winning fare as The King’s Speech and The Imitation Game in the past.
Focus Features’ alt distrib label Focus World has added two titles to its 2015 slate, A Little Chaos which will open June 26 in theaters and on VOD and Cop Car which will be released this summer in theaters and VOD day-and-date. Directed by and starring Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos follows Sabine (Kate Winslet), a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). The film closed out last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Cop Car follows two 10-year old boys who hit the backroads in an abandoned police vehicle, only to stir-up a cat-and-mouse chase with the town’s corrupt sheriff. Jon Watts directs the thriller which stars Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn Manheim.
Previously announced, comedy 5 Flights Up based on the best-selling book Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment will bow on May 8. Directed by Richard Loncraine from a script by Charlie Peters, pic follows retired Alex (Morgan Freeman) and Ruth (Diane Keaton) who are looking to cash out of their old Brooklyn apartment with the help of their real estate agent niece Lily (Cynthia Nixon) as they set their sights on a Manhattan apartment.
The Classification and Rating Appeals Board overturned the R rating given to the Jessica Alba-Hailee Steinfeld-Samuel L. Jackson action comedy Barely Lethal. Pic was rated R for sexual material and teen drinking. It’s now rated PG-13 for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence. The appeal was brought by Barely Lethal LLC. The Appeals Board, repped by CARA chair Joan Graves, heard statements on behalf of the film from Suzanne Rosencrans, the Head of Business & Lethal Affairs at RKO Pictures, and Kyle Newman, the film’s director.