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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]



Though he went to great lengths to become cool in Project X, it looks like actor Thomas Mann is right back to being a dork. But that’s okay, because unlike Project X, his new endeavor, King Dork, actually sounds like it has a chance to be funny and entertaining. According to a report from Variety, King Dork was the first project that Gary Sanchez Productions bought when it was formed by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell back in 2006. Adapted from a Frank Portman novel of the same name, D.V. DeVincentis’ (High Fidelity) script tells the story of a couple of late 80s-era outsiders who bond over a love of classic rock and form a friendship that helps get them through high school. Mann is in talks to play the lead kid, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story star Keir Gilchrist his friend. Parks and Recreations’ Nick Offerman is in negotiations to play the Mann character’s stepdad; and if everybody ends up signing on they will all be directed by Gary Sanchez vet Matt Piedmont (Casa de mi Padre).


king dork

  In Frank Portman‘s debut novel from 2006, the song-writing, classic Rock-loving high school loser Tom Henderson has a lot of nicknames. King Dork is one of them, but it might be the most important (which is what made it such a great choice for the title). When Tom discovers his dead father’s “Catcher in the Rye,” it changes everything for the crazier, but it might be the ticket to conspiracies and the holy grail of high school hormones. The book is now being turned into a movie by Gary Sanchez Productions, and the team of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have hired on director Matt Piedmont to helm the project after teaming with him on the forthcoming Casa de mi Padre. According to Deadline Suburb of Detroit, this was the first project that Gary Sanchez bought when McKay, Ferrell and Chris Henchy founded it. It’s a cool project, and it’s been written by a strong writer with a music movie background – D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blank). If it’s anything like High School Fidelity, it’ll be an excellent flick.


McKay and Ferrell

Today we get one of the rarest bits of news that you may ever come across in this game of being a movie buff – a project has been put in development that isn’t a remake of something that already exists, isn’t an adaptation of some sort of world famous property, but instead is just a funny script that someone wrote. The idea sounds crazy to me. I don’t think it’s going to work. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay disagree though, because their production company, Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Fox 2000, have decided to purchase a script by Lauryn Kahn called He’s F***ing Perfect for somewhere around a million bucks. Kahn is new at the screenwriting game, but she has worked as McKay’s assistant at Gary Sanchez for several years now, so she’s not new to the comedy game. Her script tells the story of an unlucky-in-love woman who uses her Google skills to research all of her friends’ boyfriends to make them look bad. If that doesn’t sound bitter enough, further complication comes as she tricks one of her friends into dumping a good guy, and then uses her experience as a Facebook stalker to turn herself into his perfect woman. What a jerk, but what fertile grounds for comedy. In a post-Bridesmaids world, where women behaving badly on the screen is all the rage, I would have to say that this is a good pick-up for Ferrell and McKay, who are rapidly positioning themselves as our comedy overlords. [THR]

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