Jake Kasdan to Direct Sony's Bad Teacher Comedy
by Alex Billington
May 27, 2009
Columbia Pictures has hired Jake Kasdan to direct the comedy Bad Teacher co-written by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg (writers on "The Office" as well as the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel). The screenplay centers on a foul-mouthed seventh grade teacher who is dumped by her sugar daddy. She starts to pursue a colleague instead, which provokes a conflict with the school's model teacher, who is after the same guy. Kasdan wrote and directed Zero Effect and The TV Set and also directed Judd Apatow's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story for the same studio back in 2007. This should be a good fit for Kasdan.
Not to make this comparison right off the bat, but we're all familiar with school-based comedies like Election, School of Rock, Clueless, and of course, Rushmore. I'm hoping that Bad Teacher (which has a title like Bad Santa that implies some down 'n dirty humor) can live up to those other great school comedies, because I never like seeing wasted talent. For better or worse, Apatow isn't involved with this project at all. I'm also curious what everyone thinks about the quality of Columbia's comedies these days - You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Step Brothers, The House Bunny, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Year One. Good or bad?