Believe it or not, Paramount has been trying to mount a remake of Summer School for five years. Apparently they just hadn't found the right take on the material… until now. Luckily for all of us, Adam Sandler has stepped in with his Happy Madison production company to reimagine Carl Reiner's timeless tale for a new generation. The people who brought you Jack and Jill, the first film ever to sweep the Razzie Awards, have their hands on one of the best teen comedies of the 1980s. Reactions may vary, but will probably lean towards the "Aw crap" end of the spectrum.
Happy Madison is currently out to screenwriters to rework Summer School into a contemporary production, according to Hollywood Reporter. In the original film, future-"NCIS" star Mark Harmon played a laid back high school phys. ed teacher who gets roped into teaching a summer school English class at the last minute, after the original teacher wins the lottery. He rapidly discovers, thanks to his class of misfits, that he has no idea how to actually teach. The film co-starred the younger, hotter version of Kirstie Alley as Harmon's love interest, and Saw's Shawnee Smith, "Ally McBeal's" Courtney Thorne-Smith and 1980s comedy stalwart Dean Cameron as the teenagers who forced Harmon to do their selfish bidding in exchange for doing their homework.
Previous takes on the Summer School remake include a version from Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner, which apparently changed the concept entirely to focus on a stern taskmaster who faces off against a single, troublemaking student. When that fell through, "Fringe" co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were attached. No word yet on Happy Madison's plans for the remake, although Adam Sandler is not attached to star… Yet.
CraveOnline will be back with more Summer School news after we somehow resist the advances of a 20-year old Courtney Thorne-Smith.