While Internet-based romantic comedies are starting to sound a bit commonplace (no, we are not looking forward to that spat of blog-inspired feature fare that seems to be careening our way, especially the ones about people who date for a month as a stunt or ones about sandwiches and engagement rings), there are still some fresh ideas to mine on the world wide web when it comes to love. One such screenplay comes from scribe Lauryn Kahn, who has been waiting over two years to see her extremely well-liked He’s F-ing Perfect get made. With the addition of a bright young starlet, Kahn’s wait (and ours) looks to be finally over.
You may remember the story behind the Perfect script – scribe Kahn cut her teeth as an assistant to Adam McKay at his and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, where she wrote the screenplay on spec. It was hit around the office (the guys paid one million dollars for it) and around town (it was included on the Black List of most liked unproduced screenplays back in 2011). The film was originally set to be made by Fox 2000, but Universal picked it up when it went into turnaround (a fancy way to say that Fox put it back out on the market for others to snap up). Emma Stone was first rumored for the part back in the fall of 2011, but that obviously didn’t pan out.
Variety now reports that Amanda Seyfried will star in the film, which is set to be directed by Funny or Die funny guy Jake Szymanski. McKay and Ferrell will produce along with Kevin Messick.
Variety’s synopsis on the project is a bit thin – “story follows an Internet-savvy woman who convinces her friend to dump her new boyfriend so she can date him instead” – but original reports on the project include the detail that Seyfried’s character is a champion when it comes to stalking guys online to vet their personalities for her friends, a skill that is thrown for a loop when she discovers that one of her targets is, indeed, f-ing perfect (and she wants him!).
We’re looking forward to seeing Seyfried get goofy, and we’re also pretty excited to see what sort of wacky Facebook and Twitter stand-ins the film uses (FaceSpace? SmileBook? Twatter? Witter?).
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