Bad Teacher, a relatively low-budget affair, grossed more than $200m worldwide. With Hollywood still looking to tap into Bridesmaid’s demographic, only the class duffer could miss the potential for a reprise.
Original star Cameron Diaz deferred most of her fee for the first film in favor of a chunk of the back end, a decision that worked out kinda nicely. Interestingly, the studio hasn’t waited for her to commit before giving the go-ahead for this sequel. There’s clearly great confidence in Culver City that the formula – gold digger with a casual drug habit and a mouth sweary enough to make Mike Reed blush turns teacher – can be tweaked into another slice of gold.
Sony president Hanna Minghella enthuses that Malen’s script “hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that’s fresh and fun”. Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan will be back behind the camera again. Via Empire