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Fox Searchlight Eats Fast Food

Published December 19, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from Amazon
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Bashing fast food establishments such as McDonald's turned out to be a hit in Super Size Me and will now make a solid return in Fast Food Nation.

Fast Food Nation


According to Variety, Fox Searchlight Pictures has recently picked up domestic distribution rights for Fast Food Nation. Fast Food Nation was written by Eric Schlosser in a nonfiction account, or should we say investigation, of what really lies in the burger patty you consider meat. Schlosser's investigation is surprisingly similar to the one published by Upton Sinclair (The Jungle) back in 1906. According to his findings, the lack of federal oversight in the fast food business has allowed restaurant chains, markets and even schools serve food that offers sub-par standards including E. coli and feces.

Fast Food Nation is exactly the type of film that can make you choose the popcorn bucket over the warmed up hot dog.

The film, directed by Richard Linklater, will be a fictional telling of Fast Food Nation and will showcase a cast ensemble that includes Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Luis Guzman, Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson, Avril Lavigne, Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancon and Wilmer Valderrama.



The principal photography for Fast Food Nation has recently wrapped and Fox Searchlight plans to release the film some time during 2006. Even though production of the film is winding down there is still little known about the fictional script that Linklater is using for the adaptation.

According to Linklater, the idea of a movie actually came from Schlosser when he met with the director in Austin, Texas during his book tour.

"The idea that came out of our meetings was that the movie would not be a documentary but a character study of the lives behind the facts and figures," Linklater said. "I'm more interested in fiction than nonfiction. You get to the point through human storytelling."


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