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Casa De Mi Padre Director To Helm King Dork

Director Matt Piedmont isn’t wasting any time before jumping in and making another movie for Gary Sanchez Productions, the film company owned by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy. Though his feature directorial debut, Casa De Mi Padre isn’t set to bow until next weekend, he has already lined up his next movie.

According to Deadline is reporting that Piedmont has been tapped to direct King Dork, an adaptation of Frank Portman’s 2006 novel. The adaptation was written by D.V. DeVincentis, whose previous credits include Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity and the upcoming Lay The Favorite, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Set in 1987, the film is about a pair of friends named Tom and Sam, whose mutual love of rock and roll is the only thing getting them through high school. According to McKay, King Dork was the first project put into development when Gary Sanchez was fully established. The Other Guys director also said that it was Piedmont’s love of music that made him the right choice for the job. "This is right in his wheelhouse," McKay said. "Matt’s a collector of albums from the 60s and 70s, which fits right in."

As for the casting, McKay says that the process has just begun but there might be a part for Will Ferrell in it as well. They aren’t wasting any time getting the production going either. Deadline says that shooting is scheduled to begin this June and “most likely” take place in Connecticut.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.