King Dork was optioned back in 2006 by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s company Gary Sanchez Productions, and yet years later it’s still not made it to the screen. That could be about to change with The Hollywood Reporter saying the project has upped sticks to Sony. Plus, a director, in the shape of Seth Gordon, is on board.
The project is based on the 2006 book of the same name by Frank Portman, and it follows the trials and tribulations of high schooler Tom Henderson, who investigates his fathers death while also forming a band. It seems like there’s a lot to delve into, especially since it’s a dark comedy. I like the idea of a high school comedy that doesn’t follow the standard set up of trying to shag whatever twenty three year-old is pretending to be sixteen while your friend mistakenly drinks semen/urine/breast milk.
I hadn’t really heard of the book before but it does seem to have got some high praise. Also as anyone that has followed me knows, I’m an unapologizing Ferrell fanboy, thus his inclusion, if only at a producer stand point has me interested, much like it did with The Foot Fist Way which kicked me in the head with hilarity. I also think it’s safe to say that with the Ferrell/McKay team pulling the strings, that we’ll have something that’s pretty near the knuckle.
Then of course we have Seth Gordon, who officially jumped on my patented list of awesome with The King Of Kong, who may have slipped somewhat with the maligned Four Christmases. I’m not the guy to drop a guy after one mistake so I have high hopes that he’ll be a grand addition. There is obviously a lot on Gordon’s plate at the moment with four projects on the horizon, on top of the fictionalized King Of Kong. With this being announced today though, I’d imagine it’s cruised to the top of his to-do list. We’ll see if King Dork is crowned some time in 2010.
What do you think? Are you intrigued with King Dork?