When we first learned that The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky had sold a spec called Bad Teacher, there was -- of course -- chatter about who that teacher should be. Anna Faris, Tina Fey, Elizabeth Banks, Winona Ryder, and Angelina Jolie were names batted around, but they're nothing like the reality.

I'm sorry to report that according to Variety, Cameron Diaz will be the lucky lady Bad Teacher for Columbia Pictures. The film focuses on a foulmouthed gold digger middle-school teacher. When she's dumped by her sugar daddy boyfriend, she turns her romantic attentions to her colleague, but has to battle the school's model teacher -- her rival -- for the honor. (Variety now says she battles a colleague for the affections of the model teacher, but that might be a mix-up.)

Jake Kasdan is helming the comedy, which isn't too bad, but it's not hard to be worried about the end result. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky wrote Year One, which didn't do very well at all -- it barely made back its budget. With Diaz? That doesn't instill confidence for something really great and memorable, unless we get some good Office humor mixed with, maybe, some Being John Malkovich Diaz?

The production is scheduled to kick off in LA this Spring.
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical