The Founder script
The Founder (2016)
Synopsis: This drama tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

RAY KROC (O.S.)

It’s going great.

CUT TO:
the NEXT ROOM. Kroc sitting on the bed, on the phone.

RAY KROC (CONT’D)

Lot of good leads today. Real

strong leads.

Through the phone, a tiny passive-aggressive sigh.

RAY KROC (CONT’D)

(prickly)

What?

ETHEL KROC (O.S.)

Nothing. That’s wonderful.

RAY KROC:

There’s tremendous interest.

ETHEL KROC (O.S.)

I’m sure there is.

RAY KROC:

You don’t believe me?

ETHEL KROC (O.S.)

Of course, Ray. Why wouldn’t I?

4.

SHORT TIME LATER-

Kroc sits on the edge of the bed, roiling from the call. He

takes off his shirt, undressing for bed. His bare torso bears

numerous surgery scars: heart, gall bladder, etc.

He reaches over to the night stand, grabs a fifth of Canadian

Club. Unscrews the cap.

SHORT TIME LATER-

Kroc, in pajamas, stands before a PORTABLE PHONOGRAPH. He

drops the needle on a record.

SHORT TIME LATER-

Kroc lies in bed in the darkened room, eyes closed. A

soothing baritone fills the air-

RECORD (O.S.)

Nothing in the world can take the

place of persistence. Talent will

not; nothing is more common than

unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius

is almost a proverb.

ANGLE ON record sleeve next to the phonograph: “THE POWER OF

THE POSITIVE” BY DR. CLARENCE FLOYD NELSON

RECORD (CONT’D)

Education will not; the world is

full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone

are omnipotent.

QUICK CUTS to other snippets of the record:

RECORD (CONT’D)

So I grabbed that brush, and I

shined up those boots so bright,

Pastor Walker could see his

reflection in them!

Later-

RECORD (CONT’D)

The lesson there being, it’s not

what you do but how you do it. Any

job worth doing is worth doing

well.

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Robert D. Siegel

Robert D. Siegel (born November 12, 1971) is an American screenwriter for The Onion Movie and The Wrestler, as well as the writer and director of Big Fan. more…

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