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  • COLUMBIA PICTURES HOT FOR "BAD TEACHER"
  • Cameron Diaz Boards Comedy Directed by Jake Kasdan; Screenplay by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky
  • CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec 9, 2009 - Jake Kasdan will direct Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, a comedy written by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures. The film, which centers on a flagrantly foul-mouthed, bitter, and irreverent middle school teacher, will be produced by Mosaic Media's Jimmy Miller.

    In addition to Bad Teacher, which will begin production this Spring in Los Angeles, Diaz is currently working on three upcoming films: Shrek Forever After, Knight & Day and Columbia Pictures' The Green Hornet.

    JAKE KASDAN's directing credits include Zero Effect, Orange County, The TV Set and Columbia's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

    LEE EISENBERG, born and raised in Boston, & GENE STUPNITSKY, have projects in development at several studios, and are currently writing Ghostbusters 3 for Columbia Pictures. In TV, Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are Emmy nominated-writer/co-exec producers on the Emmy-winning comedy, "The Office," starring Steve Carell.

    The film will be overseen by Doug Belgrad and Jonathan Kadin on behalf of the studio. Diaz is represented by Nick Styne at CAA, Rick Yorn and Marcy Morris.

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    For more information:

    Steve Elzer
    Senior Vice President, Media Relations
    Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
    (p) 310.244.7142
    steve_elzer@spe.sony.com