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Bad Teacher sequel in the works

Bad Teacher

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher is in the works at Sony.

The 2011 comedy grossed $216 million worldwide and recently spawned a half-hour series for CBS that will star Ari Graynor.

As yet, no deal has been concluded with Diaz but original director Jake Kasdan is returning, while Justin Malen is writing a script.

Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony, who announced the project along with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad, commented: “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.”

In film form, Bad Teacher followed the fortunes of Elizabeth Halsey, a foul mouthed, uninspiring teacher (played by Diaz), who would rather marry her way to success with Justin Timberlake’s shallow supply teacher (who stands to inherit a fortune) rather than entertain the advances of Jason Segel’s far more down to earth PE teacher.

Kasdan, is currently in pre-production on Sony Pictures’ Sex Tape, starring Diaz and Jason Segel. He most recently directed and executive produced episodes of the Fox series New Girl.

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