‘Bad Teacher’ director aims for new classroom


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EXCLUSIVE: Jake Kasdan is already getting good buzz for ‘Bad Teacher,’ the raunchy Cameron Diaz comedy that opens next month. Now he looks to be gearing up for a new comedy.

The filmmaker is set to come aboard a movie called ‘Family Getaway,’ according to a person who was briefed on the project but asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.


The Warner Bros. film is a dysfunctional-family tale about a clan that has to go on the run after its Thanksgiving dinner is crashed by assassins (‘Little Miss Sunshine’ meets Jason Bourne, is the pitch line).

The film is based on an original script from up-and-coming writers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, who are also writing ‘The Bodyguard’ remake for the studio. A Warner Bros. spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Kasdan has directed a number of commercial comedies, including ‘Orange County’ and ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.’ ‘Bad Teacher,’ costarring Justin Timberlake, is drawing attention for its devil-may-care antics, particularly Diaz’s. Jake is also the son of Larry Kasdan, the writer and director with ‘The Big Chill,’ ‘Body Heat’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ among his credits.

Gibson and Palmer’s ‘The Bodyguard’ credit gives ‘Getaway’ an added Kasdan connection: Larry wrote the original.


Cameron Diaz looks to reclaim her R-rated mojo


--Steven Zeitchik