Andrew Ferguson’s book “Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College” details the painstaking, nerve-racking process of sending a kid off to college in this modern world of fierce competition and neurotic paranoia. There are how-to books, prep courses, meetings with counselors, financial aid applications, campus tours, application essays, and who knows how many other things that need to be taken care of. Ferguson’s book details the story of an obsessive dad who is going to every length to make sure his kid gets in the best school, and the bonding that occurs between father and son as they collectively lose their minds.
Sounds like it could make for a funny movie, no? Well, New Line seems to think so, as they’ve optioned the book and are producing it alongside Gary Sanchez Productions as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell. Playing the dad of a college-aged kid is a bit of a new role for Ferrell to be in, as we’re more used to watching him do things like go back to school himself in comedies like Old School, but his dramatic work in things like Stranger Than Fiction and Everything Must Go points to the fact that he should be able to handle portraying the dramatic weight of parenthood while simultaneously maintaining an appropriate level of hilarity. It seems like the next logical question to ask is, which young actor would be most believable as Will Ferrell’s son? [Deadline Bloomington]