Will Ferrell and Steve Carell are already planning a post-Anchorman 2 reunion. The actors will topline the comedy Swear to God, which centers on a narcissistic hedge fund manager (Ferrell) who thinks he has seen God. Warner Bros. picked the project up last summer with Ferrell set to star and Adam McKay (Step Brothers) onboard to produce and direct, but McKay will now be helming Anchorman 2 instead. With production on that glorious sequel set to begin early next year, Warner Bros. is keen on filming Swear to God next summer. As such, they’ve tapped Justin Theroux to now step in and direct.
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The Spanish-language pic Casa de mi Padre starring Will Ferrell is looking like it’ll be one of the more ridiculous comedies to come our way in quite some time, and now director Matt Piedmont is lining up his next project. Piedmont is teaming back up with Gary Sanchez and NALA Films to direct an adaptation of Frank Portman’s novel King Dork (in English). The story is set in 1987 and centers on two high school outsiders who bond over their love of classic rock. The protagonist finds his dead father’s copy of The Catcher in the Rye and his life changes forever. The book is described as “part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, and part critique on teenage popular culture.” Hit the jump for more.
A Black List spec script written by Lauryn Kahn may have found its director in Jake Szymanksi (Saturday Night Live). Kahn, who had previously worked as an assistant to Adam McKay at “Funny or Die,” had her comedy effort picked up by Fox 2000 earlier this year. Szymanski, a director of numerous shorts at “Funny or Die,” has been eyed by the studio to helm the project, He’s Fuckin’ Perfect. The plot follows a girl who is savvy in the ways of social media but hesitant when it comes to romance. Using her tech skills to vet her friends’ dates, she happens to stumble upon the perfect guy and decides to turn herself into his ideal woman. Emma Stone was previously reported to be circling the role.
He’s Fuckin’ Perfect will be produced through Gary Sanchez, the production company of Will Ferrell and McKay, who also helped Kahn hone and shape her script. Hit the jump for more on the project and an example of Szymanski’s work.