(USA TODAY) Bad news for students is good news for comedy. Cameron Diaz is being called back to school after her 2011 hit Bad Teacher.
Sony studios announced Thursday it has begun developing Bad Teacher 2 with Diaz in mind to reprise her role as a foul-mouthed, smoking, money-obsessed middle school teacher in Chicago.
Bad Teacher 2 will be directed by Jake Kasdan, who worked on the original, which also starred Justin Timberlake and Jason Segal as fellow teachers. It will be written by Justin Malen.
A release from Sony studios said the project is "being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress."
When it was released in 2011, Bad Teacher was a global hit, taking in $216 million. That's far more than Diaz made in the school car wash scene from the film, where she worked the suds in a provocative outfit and pocketed the money for a boob job.
For those who cannot wait for the film, Bad Teacheris also coming to CBS television next season. The half-hour series starring Ari Graynor received a 13-episode midseason order.
Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY