Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell are attached to star in The Abstinence Teacher. Bullock attached to play the divorced, beleagured sex ed teacher who falls in love with Carell’s soccer coach, who’s also “a former stoner and rocker” turned born-again Christian.
The film is the product of Little Miss Sunshine collaborators Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who plan on adapting the book written by Tom Perrotta (Little Children).
Synopsis: Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise kids. It’s got the proverbial good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market. It’s the kind of place where parents are involved in their children’s lives, where no opportunity for enrichment goes unexplored. Ruth Ramsey (most likely Bullock’s role) is the human sexuality teacher at the local high school. She believes that “pleasure is good, shame is bad, and knowledge is power.” Ruth’s younger daughter’s soccer coach is Tim Mason (most likely Carell), a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved. Tim belongs to The Tabernacle, an evangelical Christian church that doesn’t approve of Ruth’s style of teaching. And Ruth in turn doesn’t applaud The Tabernacle’s mission to take its message outside its doors. Adversaries in a small-town culture war, Ruth and Tim instinctively mistrust each other. But when a controversy on the soccer field pushes the two of them to actually talk to each other, they are forced to take each other at something other than face value.”
This is not the next project up for Dayton and Faris, who have been working on a movie titled, Will. The script was written by Demetri Martin, and the project has Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd set to star. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will produce.
Carell previously worked with directing duo on Sunshine so his casting isn’t really a surprise and if anyone knows how to do awkward comedy with a touch of drama it’s Bullock. [Source: The Playlist]