Funny or Die Director Jake Szymanski to Direct 'He's F**kin' Perfect'
Not too long ago we learned that Fox 2000 had essentially launched the career of a new writer by paying some big money for a romantic comedy spec script from Lauryn Kahn, who was working as director Adam McKay's assistant until this big deal came along. Now McKay and his Gary Sanchez productions banner, which he formed with Will Ferrell, is developing the project He's F**in' Perfect (expect the title to change), and while Emma Stone was initially said to be interested in the role, it sounds like it might not happen. However, Deadline reports frequent McKay collaborator, Jake Szymanski, will likely direct.
Though you may not know Szymanski by name, you've likely seen his work through Ferrell and McKay's online comedy website Funny or Die. The director has been at the helm of over two dozen videos for the site including Arbor Daze with Tim Allen, High Five Hollywood and Presidential Reunion with Dana Carvey as George H. W. Bush, Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and Jim Carrey as Ronald Reagan, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton and more. The guy knows comedy, and since he's worked with Ferrell and McKay for awhile now, he's the perfect choice to bring this project to the big screen.
For those just learning about this project, it follows a social media savvy girl who is pessimistic about love and vets her friends’ dates to find flaws. When that process leads her to uncover the perfect guy, she decides to use her research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. It doesn't sound completely original, but it's likely the comedy within that makes this worthy of such a big price tag and talent like Emma Stone if she ends up signing on. Since original romantic comedies are few and far between, if a studio spends $1 million against $1.5 million for a spec script, it must be pretty damn good.