Columbia Pictures is putting a sequel to last summer’s comedy Bad Teacher in the development fast lane for parent company Sony. Jake Kasdan will return to the director’s chair, but this time newcomer Justin Malen will be contributing the screenplay. According to Deadline –
Sony Pictures production president Hanna Minghella said the studio “loves 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.”
The film’s original writers, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, are signed on to produce.
Released in 2011, the raunchy comedy about a terrible teacher who cleans up her act in order to win a big pay bonus by having the class that scores highest on a state-wide exam. Cameron Diaz took a pay cut to star in the film, but received some of the back end profits. And since the film grossed $216 million worldwide against its $20 million budget, Diaz made quite a nice bit of change.