Ok so Bad Teacher (2011) wasn’t a disaster at the box office grossing $216m globally off a $20m budget (it grossed $100m in the U.S. alone) which justifies the announcement of a sequel. I don’t know about you but I found the original really half-assed and lame but it worked a treat so I will shut up. Sure it had Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel leading the flick, that’s a bevy of star power alright, but that script just coasted rather than coursed! Here’s to hoping that Jake Kasdan (returning to direct the sequel) puts down the gauntlet to fire up a really biting comedy to match the heights that Sony’s other property Bad Santa reached.
Here’s the press release
CULVER CITY, Calif., June 20, 2013 – Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, President of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress.
Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said, “Bad Teacher was a hit not just in North America, but throughout the world. We’re excited that Jake will be returning to develop and helm the sequel. We love Justin’s take on the material – it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun.”
When it was released in 2011, Bad Teacher was a global hit taking in $216 million. It was also recently announced that “Bad Teacher” will be coming to CBS television next season in a half-hour series starring Ari Graynor. The Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios co-production received a 13-episode midseason order.
Columbia Pictures Senior Vice President of Production Jonathan Kadin will oversee development of the project for the studio along with Minghella.
Jake Kasdan is in pre-production on Sony Pictures’ Sex Tape, also starring Cameron Diaz, with Jason Segel. He most recently directed and executive produced episodes of the hit series “New Girl.” Kasdan made his feature film debut as writer and director of Zero Effect and also directed the pilots for the television series “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared”; returning to feature films, he directed Orange County, wrote, directed and produced The TV Set, co-wrote and directed Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and directed and executive produced Bad Teacher.
Justin Malen’s feature film screenplay Bastards was named on The Black List of one of the best unproduced screenplays in 2011. He also completed a rewrite of the comedy project The Manny for Red Wagon and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Malen is represented by Verve and H2F, and Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are repped by Mosaic and WME. Kasdan is represented by WME.