EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema is acquiring screen rights to the Andrew Ferguson book Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College. The film will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Will Ferrell. Misher Films’ Kevin Misher will produce with Gary Sanchez’s Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. The book is about one father’s adventures trying to brave the cutthroat competition to get his son accepted into the perfect college.
Obsessed with keeping his son from making that one wrong step that could dash the youth’s dreams, dad tries to get an audience with the most sought after and expensive private college consultant in the country, insinuates himself in helping his son past the SATs, and all the campus tours and stressful admissions interviews, all culminating in waiting for the fat envelope that will determine success or failure in getting into an elite school that will siphon off all dad’s savings. This is all so different from when I went to college — my strategy was to basically matriculate at the first college that would accept me, thank you C.W. Post –but I’ve been through the process with my kids and this certainly seems like fertile ground for comedy. Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez gang are coming off the Spanish-language comedy Case De Mi Padre.
CAA repped the book with Writers’ Representatives.