Will Ferrell Desperately Needs to Get His Son into College for 'Crazy U'
Gary Sanchez Productions, the company founded by Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay, is already working on an adaptation of King Dork starring Thomas Mann from Project X, but another comedic adaptation from the comedy banner is on the way. Deadline has word that New Line has bought Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College, a story about one dedicated father and his exhausting endeavors to get his son accepted into the perfect college. Not only will Ferrell produce with McKay, but the film is being developed as a starring vehicle for the funnyman to play the obsessive father.
Here's a synopsis of the book from Andrew Ferguson:
Pummeled by peers, creeped out by counselors, and addled by advice books, Andrew Ferguson has come to believe that a single misstep could cost his son a shot at a happy and fulfilling future. He feels the pressure to get it right from the moment the first color brochures land in his mailbox, sent from colleges soliciting customers as though they were sailors come to port.
First is a visit with the most sought-after, most expensive—and surely most intimidating—private college consultant in the nation. Then come the steps familiar to parents and their college-bound children, seen through a gimlet eye: a session with a distracted high school counselor, preparations for the SAT and an immersion in its mysteries, unhelpful help from essay coaches and admissions directors, endless campus tours, and finally, as spring arrives, the waiting, waiting, waiting for the envelope that bears news of the future.
Meanwhile, Ferguson passes on the tips he’s picked up during their crash course. (Tip number 36: Don’t apply for financial aid after midnight.) He provides a pocket history of higher education in America, recounts the college ranking wars, and casts light on the obscure and not-terribly-seemly world of higher-education marketing. And he dares to raise the question that no one (until now) has been able to answer: Why on earth does it all cost so much? Along the way, something unexpected begins to happen: a new relationship grows between father and son, built from humor, loyalty, and (yes) more than a little shared anxiety. For all its tips and trials, Crazy U is also a story about family. It turns out that the quiet boy who pretends not to be worried about college has lots to teach his father—about what matters in life, about trusting your instincts and about finding your own way.
It sounds like the book is just as informative on the education system as it is hilarious, and Ferrell sounds like the perfect high strung father, especially after seeing him in the family comedy Kicking and Screaming, a sorely underrated film in my opinion. It also sounds like uncharted territory as the fun and stress of college itself has been seen countless times, but the endurance trial of applying for university is something that has only been glossed over as kids feel the pressure to simply get into a good college rather than having a chronicle of the long and arduous process of actually applying. Plus, last time Ferrell went to college, it resulted in Old School, and that was just a laugh riot. Sound good?