Craig Gillespie has signed on to direct Flamingo Thief, Variety reports. Adapting the Susan Trott novel of the same name, the project is set to star Will Ferrell and features a screenplay by Michae LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree). The 2010 novel is officially described as follows:
Everyone handles grief differently but none so differently as Tim Forester, multimillionaire Juice King, who lost his son a year ago. It starts with him quietly pocketing a china flamingo belonging to his three year old niece, Joy, and by his tenth flamingo has escalated to felony grand theft. He is shot by one person and shot at by another. He is losing his business and his wife but he is feeling better. Flamingo thieving makes his heart beat. He comes alive. In a way he is having a wonderful time. But how will it end? Quite possibly in prison. Flamingo Thief is a funny, bittersweet story of love, loss, family, fruit and flamingoes. The reader will never forget Tim Forester, his disastrous way of dealing with grief, and a heart that is bursting with love.
Gillespie is best known for directing Lars and the Real Girl in 2007 and most recently helmed DreamWorks’ Fright Night remake.
Red Hour’s Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld will produce with Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone of Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment serving as executive producers.