Frequent collaborators Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are re-teaming for a new movie, WRONG ANSWER, based on a 2014 The New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv with Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the adaptation, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project is a co-production between New Regency and Plan B, with the former financing the film.
The article details the true story of a group of Atlanta high school educators and how they organized a systemic standardized-test cheating scandal in 2013. As part of the No Child Left Behind program, standardized tests were introduced with an intention to see higher test scores nationwide.
Jordan will play Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, struggling to produce the grades necessary from his underprivileged students in order to keep the school from shutting down. Lewis was described as a model teacher, as well as a sports coach and founder of the school’s chess club, before he joined a group of educators to cheat the test scores higher. Both Lewis and Aviv will serve as consultants on the film.
Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan will produce alongside Coogler.
This will be the fourth film between Coogler and Jordan, who have previously worked on Fruitvale Station, Creed, and recently wrapped Marvel’s Black Panther. Jordan is also co-starring with Michael Shannon in HBO’s film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. They are both repped by WME and Jordan is also repped by MGMT Entertainment.
Coates is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellowship, National Book Award winner, and Pulitzer Prize finalist. He’s also writing the current Black Panther comic, from which the movie will likely draw material. He’s repped by UTA and Watkins/Loomis Literary Agency.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor