The life story of KFC founder Colonel Sanders is treated to the big screen. Palm screenwriter Cheryl Guerriero adapted the book The Colonel’s Secret: Eleven Herbs and a Spicy Girl by Margaret Sanders for the cinema. According to Deadline, Guerriero will produce the film, A Finger-licking Good Story: The Life of Colonel Sanders, as well as Eric Paquette and his Meridian Pictures. Margaret Sanders’ book was published in 1996 and is a first-hand account of how Harland Sanders built Kentucky Fried Chicken as well as his sometimes complicated relationship with his daughter.
“I knew Sanders was a real man, but I had no idea how many jobs he had, how many failures, how many challenges, but the biggest surprise was that he was around 65 years when he decided to franchise his chicken,” Guerriero said in a statement. “It’s an amazing story of perseverance and faith.”
Born in 1890, Colonel Sanders first finalized his original 11 herb and spice recipe in 1940 and began franchising his chicken concept in 1952 where the very first franchisee, Pete Harman of South Salt Lake, Utah, invented the name Kentucky Fried Chicken. The franchise eventually became very successful, with KFC becoming one of the first fast-food chains to expand internationally in the mid-1960s. Sanders sold the company in 1964 at the age of 73, but is remained the symbol of the company and even appeared in commercials, commercials and other appearances for the brand. His image continues to be widely used by the brand in advertising while Sanders himself has also become a prominent figure in American cultural history. Sanders died in 1980 at the age of 90, and at the time of his death there were around 6,000 KFC locations in 48 countries around the world. KFC currently has approximately 18,875 locations in 118 countries and territories. China is the brand’s largest market with 4,563 locations.
“I am so honored and thrilled that the family of Margaret and Colonel Sanders have entrusted me with the task of bringing this story to the screen,” Guerriero said. “For anyone who’s ever wanted to quit or been laid off or felt too old to pursue a dream, or anyone who has a complicated relationship with a family member, I’m sure this is a story that will not only inspire and resonate, but it will entertain.”
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