'Summer' assignment for Pennekamp, Turpel
Paramount Pictures has decided to go back to “Summer School,” setting up a remake of the 1987 Mark Harmon comedy with producer Jordan Kerner and his Kerner Entertainment shingle.Studio’s tapped the writing team of Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel to pen the script, which will cover the chaotic summer season in high school life, centering on a hard-nosed teacher aiming to be the next principal and the student who becomes his nemesis in achieving that goal. Kerner production topper Paul Neesan will exec produce, and Paramount production VP Matt Jackson oversees for the studio. It’s the second Paramount assignment for Pennekamp and Turpel, who are also writing “Duck for President” for Par and Nickelodeon. The pair also recently made a blind script deal with Warner Bros. The original “Summer School,” directed by Carl Reiner, followed the story of a high school gym teacher forced to ditch his summer plans to teach a remedial English class for the school misfits. Pic, which also starred Kirstie Alley and Courtney Thorne-Smith, grossed $35 million domestically. Kerner’s in post-production on “Charlotte’s Web,” starring Dakota Fanning and co-produced with Nick and Walden Media. Paramount has set a June release for “Web.” Par-based shingle’s also producing a “Star Trek” prequel with Kerry McCluggage and Rick Berman. “Band of Brothers” writer Erik Jendresen is penning the script.