With his recent musical The Greatest Showman being a substantial hit for 20th Century Fox, bigger than anyone expected, actor Hugh Jackman is eyeing his next project, and he’s now in talks to join Automatik’s BAD EDUCATION, written by Mike Makowsky (I Think We’re Alone Now). (Oddly, I Think We’er Alone Now director Reed Morano also just signed onto an Anne Frank biopic.)
Thoroughbreds writer/director Cory Finley is signed on to direct with producer Fred Berger (La La Land) and Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones producing along with Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen, as well as Makowsky..
Based on Makowsky’s real experiences from high school, the film is said to be in the vein of Alexander Payne’s Election, although the plot isn’t being revealed.
Not knowing much about the project, one assumes that Jackman would play a teacher or even the principal of the school, or possibly a parent, so we’ll have to see how important his role plays in the plot.
Represented by WME, Hugh Jackman is coming off a huge 2017 where he had back-to-back hits in Logan and The Greatest Showman, which grossed a billion worldwide between them, and he recently finished playing Senator Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner. Hart was running for President in 1988 when he was caught having an affair on his wife, pretty much killing his campaign. One expects the movie to appear sometime during the fall festival season, possibly at the Toronto International Film Festival, a long time Reitman booster.
Jackman’s involvement was first reported on by Variety.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor