Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

'Casa Di Mi Padre' Director Matt Piedmont Sets Up New Project, 'King Dork,' With 'Project X' Star Thomas Mann As Lead

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist March 26, 2012 at 11:15AM

Fresh off the considerable box-office take of his Spanish-language spaghetti western, “Casa Di Mi Padre,” director Matt Piedmont is bringing star Will Ferrell along again as producer for his follow-up, “King Dork,” as well as another person tasting success, actor Thomas Mann.
2
Matt Piedmont Thomas Mann King Dork

Fresh off the considerable box-office take of his Spanish-language spaghetti western, “Casa Di Mi Padre,” director Matt Piedmont is bringing star Will Ferrell along again as producer for his follow-up, “King Dork,” as well as another person tasting success, actor Thomas Mann.

Mann, who played the birthday boy at the center of the “Project X” storm, has been catapulted by the film's success into numerous upcoming projects, including the Emmy Rossum-starring “Beautiful Creatures,” but now finds himself headlining “King Dork,” adapted by D.V. DeVincentis from the 2006 novel by Frank Portman. The film follows “best friends Tom and Sam, two outsiders who bond over their shared love of classic rock and roll, which helps them cope with the agony of getting through high school in 1987.” Mann will play Tom, while Keir Gilchrist (last prominently seen in "United States of Tara" and “It's Kind of a Funny Story”) is being considered for the role of Sam. Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation"), who also appeared in “Casa Di Mi Padre,” will portray Tom's stepdad.

Peculiarly, “King Dork” was actually the first project acquired by the production company NALA Films, but the script shifted from Paramount Vantage to Sony, then was recovered from turnaround and revived afterwards. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have been supportive to the project, helping to finance it from their company Gary Sanchez, and it is extremely likely that Ferrell himself will take a part in the film. McKay has also spoken about the film, describing it as “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.”

While some found the scattershot nature of 'Casa' to be distracting and unengaging with its straight-faced manner of lovingly-rendered parody, the period setting of "King Dork" and the musical subject matter is clearly close to the creative team's heart, and so should result in a more humanistic edge to the comedy in the final film.

Look for filming to begin on “King Dork” in June around Connecticut. [Deadline/Variety]

This article is related to: Thomas Mann, Matt Piedmont, King Dork, Nick Offerman, Will Ferrell


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates