Matt Piedmont to Direct King Dork


Matt Piedmont, the director of next week’s Casa de mi Padre, will soon be reteaming with Gary Sanchez and NALA Films. Deadline has word that Piedmont is attached to direct an adaptation of Frank Portman’s 2006 novel, King Dork. The book’s plot is officially described as follows:

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.

D.V. DeVincentis drafted the adaptation with plans to begin shooting in June. Though casting hasn’t started yet, Piedmont notes that there are several potential roles for Casa star Will Ferrell and that the actor is very fond of the script.