Sanchez deems 'Dork' worthy of adaptation

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. has bought the film rights to Frank Portman's debut novel, "King Dork," as part of their overall first-look deal with Paramount Vantage.

"King Dork" has generated a lot of interest since its debut in April. It centers on 14-year-old Tom Henderson, a typical high school slacker whose life changes when he finds his late father's copy of the Salinger classic "The Catcher in the Rye."

"Chris and Adam assured me this book, once turned into a movie, will make $500 million domestic," said Sanchez, the fictitious former NFL kicker from Paraguay. "If it does not, I will hit each of their hands with a hammer."

"King Dork," from longtime punk musician Portman, recently was nominated for the Quill Award. Portman, who lives in Oakland, Calif., is at work on his second novel for Random House/Delacorte.

Said Vantage head of production and acquisitions Amy Israel: "Frank has such an original voice, and his novel brilliantly captures the sort of insecurities all kids feel growing up."

Ferrell and McKay will produce, with Chris Henchy overseeing the project on behalf of Gary Sanchez. Israel will oversee for the studio along with Vantage vp production Chad Hamilton and manager of production Adam Kassan.

Portman is repped by ICM and Steven Malk of Writer's House.
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