When ‘Easy A’ debuted in 2010, it spoke frankly about teenagers’ sex lives, captured the zeitgeist pastime of vlogging and solidified Emma Stone as a movie star.
Nearly a decade after the release of that romantic comedy, a spinoff movie is in the works. Bert Royal, who wrote the original movie’s script, is writing and will direct the follow-up for Screen Gems.
‘Easy A’ starred Stone as Olive Penderghast, a clean-cut teen who experiments with the high school rumour mill to build her social status and bank account. The sex-positive, coming-of-age film aimed to update and subvert the classic novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ (in which a woman is scorned for her sexual activity), as Olive agrees to lie about her escapades with male classmates to assuage their adolescent anxieties.
Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen and Dan Byrd were among the cast of the comedy, directed by Will Gluck. It became a surprise hit, grossing $75 million worldwide.
The next film will take place at the same high school as the first film and echo many of its themes but will zoom in on the lives of a new set of students (so it’s unlikely that Stone, Badgley or Bynes will star). Royal, who also wrote the teen-centric Freeform series ‘Recovery Road’, will make his directorial debut with the spinoff, which Zanne Devine is returning to produce.