The director of The King of Kong has a new King – King Dork. According to /film, Seth Gordon is in the talks to direct a big screen adaptation of Frank Portman‘s young King Dork, a drama/comedy about a teenage misfit who seeks refuge in music (we can relate to that), and tries to uncover the truth about his father’s death.

When the novel was first published in 2006, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay quickly optioned to make it into a feature film with Paramount Vantage, but the project has now moved to Sony Pictures.

Below is the official synopsis from the book:

“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.”

Sounds like a lot, but any film that successfully places rock ‘n’ roll and acting together is good for me. This seems like a perfect fit for Gordon, who wasn’t that successful among critics with his last comedy Four Christmases.

What do you think of Gordon directing this teen dramedy?