'Casa de mi Padre' Director to Helm Adaptation of 'King Dork' Novel

March 9, 2012
Source: Deadline

King Dork / Matt Piedmont

Nearly three years ago, director Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Four Christmases) was going to direct an adaptation of Frank Portman's novel King Dork, a story about a frustrated song-writer and high school student named Tom Henderson who finds his dead father's copy of The Catcher in the Rye, and his life changes forever. However, more than that, the film is said to really be about friends who find a special bond through their love of some truly great rock and roll music. Now Deadline reports it will be Matt Piedmont (making his directorial debut with Casa de mi Padre in theaters next week) at the helm of the adaptation.

Here's a more detailed synopsis of the book:

Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father’s copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it’s just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father’s death and–oddly–reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls. Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing–but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.

The book was one of the first acquisitions by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez productions six years ago, and it's been tossed around a few Hollywood studios with a script by D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blank) never getting off the ground. McKay says:

"The movie is about that moment when you go from the confines of your room with your music, to venturing out in the world with fantasies of rock stardom,” McKay said. “They stumble through in a scary, hilarious way and actually in a strange way become rock stars. We all remember the days when you’d ride a bike to meet a girl, or obsess over album covers and look at bands like they were on a different planet. The movies that capture that feeling and the pain of high school are some of my favorites, from 'My Bodyguard' to 'Over the Edge.'”

If the film treats music the same way a script like High Fidelity does, then not only are we in for a captivating film, but also a hell of a soundtrack. Though the film takes place in the 80's it will apparently focus on a different decade of rock music. Producer and NALA Films CEO Caamano Loquet adds, "This is set in the 80's but the music is more about those classic rock songs from the 70s, which the lead character discovers from his dad’s old albums. The music from that period is as rich as the script that made us respond so strongly.” It sounds like there's even a chance for Ferrell to suit up as a 70's rocker, but casting is just beginning, and McKay can't make any guarantees as to whether or not the actor will pick up a cowbell.

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Raymond Woods on Mar 9, 2012


Fun fact about the book. The Principal in the book started a pornography business with his students using intimidation, jocks and cheerleaders. So... I'm pretty interested if that'll make the cut or not. 

Greg on Mar 9, 2012

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