EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 is zeroing in on Jake Szymanski to direct He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a comedy spec script that the studio bought by Lauryn Kahn that will be produced by Gary Sanchez. This one has Funny Or Die written all over it. Szymanski has developed a profile helming some of the best comic spots for that website. Kahn spent four years as Adam McKay’s assistant, and she honed her skills writing, performing and directing numerous shorts for the website before making He’s Fuckin’ Perfect her first script sale.
The project became a priority at the studio when Fox 2000 bought it for $1 million against $1.5 million. Emma Stone has been circling the project — her interest is how it got on studio radars — and while I’ve heard she’s now unlikely, studio insiders express optimism they will still land her. The comedy focuses on a social media-savvy girl who is pessimistic about love and vets her friends’ dates to find flaws. When that process leads her to uncover the perfect guy, she decides to use her Internet research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. The film will be produced by Gary Sanchez’s McKay and Will Ferrell. The Gary Sanchez team helped her hone the script and gave her notes to help shape it.