CBS Orders Script For Bad Teacher Adaptation From Community Writer

By Leslie Kasperowicz 2012-10-08 10:35:25 discussion comments
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A television adaptation of the Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake movie Bad Teacher could be hitting the small screen. CBS has ordered a script for a half-hour comedy based on the film. The script will be written by Hilary Winston, who has a successful track record with comedies like Community and Happy Endings.

Winston will also executive produce the project, according to THR. She’ll be working alongside Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the screenwriters from the film, to write and produce the single-camera comedy.

Bad Teacher came out in 2011 to unimpressive reviews, but a decent response at the box office. It starred Cameron Diaz as a middle school teacher who clearly hates her job and isn’t particularly good at it, but is forced to return to work after being dumped by her sugar daddy. She’s a gold digger who is looking to get her hooks into her rich co-worker (Justin Timberlake), competing for both his attention and a bonus that is being offered to the teacher whose class gets the best state test scores. Naturally, she’s doing the latter so she can pay for breast implants. Of course, she winds up learning her lesson about love from the gym teacher (Jason Segel).

Winston has another project in the works as well. The NBC comedy Girls on Film is about three 30-something female friends navigating the dating world. Last season the peacock network passed on her comedy Happy Valley, which would have starred Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Mena Suvari. Perhaps Winston will have better luck with the Bad Teacher adaptation.
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