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Remember 'Summer School?' No, not that thing you were forced to do because you failed Calculus. I'm talking about the 80s movie directed by Carl Reiner ('The Jerk'). The film starred Mark Harmon as a disinterested gym teacher forced to teach an English class over the summer. Well it seems that the movie 'Summer School' is now on track to be just as painful and unwanted as actual summer school. Paramount has apparently been trying to put together a remake of this comedy for years and have entered into talks to take on Adam Sandler's Happy Madison company as a producing partner. Sandler is not set to star at this point and the film is currently sans writers.
Happy Madison has become an easy punching bag of late, mostly because their movies are terrible. I don't even think we need discuss Nick Swardson's uncomfortably inept turn in 'Bucky Larson.' The reason I'm not dreading their involvement in this project as much as I probably should be is that it's hard for me to get excited about a 'Summer School' remake in the first place. It's not so much that I feel the original is hallowed ground upon which no other filmmaker should tread, it's actually a fluffy, basic 80s comedy that doesn't come up too often in conversations about the best of the genre. It's just that the apathetic teacher angle was just explored in Jake Kasdan's 'Bad Teacher' and if I had a nickel for every movie involving a put-on teacher in a classroom full of misfits, I'd have enough to fund the 'Summer School' remake myself. I'm just not seeing what there is they can bring to the table to reinvigorate the original film. I will say that I am pleased that Sandler doesn't look to be starring, but that could very well change.
What do you guys think? Any 'Summer School' fans out there? Are you at all interested in a remake?