EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is moving its Oscar hopeful The Founder, starring Michael Keaton in the role of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, off its August 5 date. The plan is to push it to December 16 for an Oscar-qualifying run before going wide January 20. This is the second time the company has changed the release date; the film was originally going to drop at Thanksgiving, and then was moved to August. The score is being changed and the picture just isn’t ready, but the move also takes it away from day and date with Warner Bros’s highly anticipated DC feature Suicide Squad, which is also scheduled for August 5.
Test audiences (and execs at TWC) are said to love the film and especially Keaton, who led the cast in both Oscar-winning Best Pictures for the last two years: Birdman and Spotlight. Why not a threepeat, and if anyone knows how to run an Oscar campaign, it’s the Weinsteins.
In The Founder, Keaton stars as Illinois salesman 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. Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch and B.J. Novak also star. Take a look: