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Sony to Develop ‘Bad Teacher 2’

Cameron Diaz has yet to board the project, though Jake Kasdan will direct

Sony is going back to school moving forward with a sequel to its 2011 raunchy hit comedy “Bad Teacher,” with Jake Kasdan returning to direct. Pic is being developed for Cameron Diaz, though the studio has yet to sign a deal with her.

Justin Malen scripted the project, with Kasdan, Jimmy Miller, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky producing. Melvin Mar will exec produce.

“We love Justin’s take on the material — it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun,” said Columbia Pictures’ prexy of production Hannah Minghella, who made the announcement with Col prexy Doug Belgrad.

The first “Bad Teacher” made $216 million worldwide, crossing the $100 million Stateside mark. Also, CBS recently announced it will develop a half-hour TV series starring Ari Graynor slated to air next season. The series, from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios, received a 13-episode midseason order.

Kadsan currently is in pre-production with Diaz and Jason Segel on “Sex Tape” at Sony.

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