Linklater will coach 'Bears' redo for Par
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Richard Linklater has signed on to direct "The Bad News Bears" for Paramount Pictures. Billy Bob Thornton is set to star in the remake of the 1976 Walter Matthau feature about a group of Little League misfits who are transformed into a winning team. Geyer Kosinski is producing "Bears," which is due to go into production in November. Linklater, a stalwart of the indie scene, scored a solid commercial hit when he directed Paramount's 2003 comedy "School of Rock," which grossed $81 million domestically. He also has been tapped to direct "The Smoker" for Paramount and Scott Rudin. That project was scheduled to begin production in the fall, but it will likely move back to film after "Bears," with an exact date still to be determined. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writers and creative team behind the Thornton hit "Bad Santa," are writing the screenplay for "Bears."