Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison is looking to remake Carl Reiner’s 1987 classic comedy, Summer School. The original starred Mark Harmon (NCIS) as a gym teacher forced to give up his summer vacation in order to teach an English class to a group of remedial students. The Paramount picture also starred Kirstie Alley (Look Who’s Talking), Robin Thomas (The Banger Sisters), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place) and Reiner himself. Happy Madison’s Sandler and Jack Giaraputo are currently in negotiations with the studio to get the remake off the ground, something Paramount has been trying to do since 2005. Hit the jump for more on Summer School including Sandler’s involvement and a look at the original trailer and movie poster.
THR reported that although Sandler’s production banner is in talks for the remake, the comedian is not attached to star in the picture. That’s a shame, in my opinion, because it might be nice to see the table turned on Sandler as audiences get to watch him squirm when faced with a classroom full of Billy Madison-type characters. The fact that Happy Madison is involved, however, does suggest that the remake will keep its comedic roots. A previous effort by producer Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) envisioned the protagonist as a hard-nosed teacher who faces off against a class clown. In 2010, Star Trek writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman even took a stab at it. As evidenced by the trailer below, Summer School is a light comedy that could be a great first role for an up-and-comer or a nice retrospective for someone like Sandler.