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Happy Madison, the production banner run by Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo, is in negotiations to come aboard to produce Paramount’s planned remake of Summer School.
School was a light 1987 comedy directed by Carl Reiner that starred Mark Harmon as a gym teacher forced to cancel his summer plans and teach an English class filled with oddballs and rebels. The film also featured a young Courtney Thorne-Smith.
Paramount has been trying to remake the film since 2005, but the project has been stuck in development detention. Jordan Kerner, the producer behind The Smurfs and Charlotte’s Web, initially was backing a version that would have made the teacher hard-nosed (as opposed to Harmon’s laid-back character) and squaring off against one mischievous student.
Another incarnation, this one around 2010, involved Star Trek writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
By bringing aboard Sandler and Giaraputo, the studio is signaling that it hopes to bring a more comedic focus to the project. Sandler is not attached to star in the project, which soon will hire writers.
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