As an actor, Will Ferrell obviously came to terms with his inner dork some time ago, so there was no small amount of irony involved when his production company recently acquired the film rights to King Dork, the debut novel from Frank Portman. The book, which came out this past April, is the story of a high school student and song-writer named Tom Henderson whose life is changed when he finds and reads his late father's copy of Catcher in the Rye.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gary Sanchez, the apparently fictitious financial backer and spiritual leader of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions had this to say: "Chris and Adam assured me this book, once turned into a movie, will make $500 million domestic. If it does not, I will hit each of their hands with a hammer." Tough talk for a make believe mogul. The agreement is part of Ferrell and McKay's two-year, first-look deal with Paramount Vantage that was reported on by Cinematical's own Martha Fischer back in June.

Ferrell is, of course, a former Saturday Night Live cast member and the star of several successful comedies, the most recent of which is Stranger Than Fiction. His partner Adam McKay was the writer and director of the Will Ferrell vehicles Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The two will produce King Dork, with Chris Henchy overseeing on behalf of Gary Sanchez Productions.

[Via Moviehole]

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