Here’s some pretty good news that very few of you will give a damn about, but the headline made my heart race a wee bit. Jake Kasdan, who directed the phenomenal Zero Effect, the underappreciated veg movie, Orange County, and the little seen but very good The TV Set, starring David Duchovny, has signed onto a new film. Even better, the film, Bad Teacher, comes from the suddenly very popular “The Office” writers, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.
That duo, in fact, is responsible for many of the better episodes of “The Office,” however, they haven’t really proven themselves with big screen material. They wrote the script for the hopefully forthcoming Ghostbusters 3, but they are also responsible for writing Year One, which looks painfully bad.
There’s nothing particularly exciting about the premise of Bad Teacher, but high-concept premises rarely turn out good. The logline: The movie “concerns a foul-mouthed seventh grade teacher who is dumped by her sugar daddy and starts to pursue a colleague, which provokes conflict with the school’s model teacher.”
It’s probably a better script than it sounds — Kasdan, so far, has chosen solid source material. In fact, his next movie Burt Dickinson — about a magician who accidentally killed his partner and must compete with a rival illusionist — comes from scriptwriter John Francis Daley, who most of you know as the Sam Weir from “Freaks and Geeks,” otherwise known as: The kid that Judd Apatow forgot to bring along on his way to the top.