BAD TEACHER Screenwriters and Director Jake Kasdan to Reteam for Untitled Comedy; Plus an Update on GHOSTBUSTERS III

     October 19, 2011

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I still can’t get over how much I liked Bad Teacher and how hard and consistently I laughed throughout.  It’s not one of my favorite movies of the year, but it was certainly the best surprise thus far.  That’s why I’m delighted to hear that screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg and director Jake Kasdan are re-teaming for an untitled comedy at Sony.  Here’s the logline according to Deadline: “After a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship.”  I imagine the worst part isn’t the risk of losing your girlfriend or your best friend.  It’s the realization of working at Supercuts.

There’s no word on a sequel to Bad Teacher even though the film grossed $215 million worldwide off a $30 million budget.  If a sequel doesn’t happen, I would be completely okay with that. In a related story, Eisneberg and Stupnitsky worked on the screenplay for Ghostbusters III and Deadline has a discouraging update on the long-in-development sequel.

According to Deadline, rumors that the movie will start production in spring are unlikely because Sony refuses to make the movie without Bill Murray attached.  In February 2010, Murray said he would only return if he got to play a ghost, but “as recently as last month, he had not read the script, or if he did, he has not reached out to get the deal making started.”  It’s pretty great that Murray, who no studio would rest a blockbuster franchise on at this point in his career, is the one stopping Sony from going forward on the sure-to-be-lucrative Ghostbusters III.

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