Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan has replaced Nicholas Stoller as director of Sex Tape, a comedy with Jason Segel attached to star. The story follows a married couple who decide to make a sex tape to spice up their relationship, but when they wake up the next morning, they find the tape is missing and they have to track it down before their kids or anyone else sees it.
The studio is still searching for the female lead to play the wife, and it looks like this could be a Bad Teacher reunion all the way around, because The Hollywood Reporter says Cameron Diaz’s name has come up in association with the part (though she hasn’t signed on quite yet). Sex Tape was set to be a reunion between Stoller and his Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and The Muppets co-writer Segel, but a deal never came together. (Stoller will go on to work on the next Muppet movie without Segel.) Recently, the “How I Met Your Mother” actor gave a terrific performance in the excellent Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
I’m a fan of Kasdan’s early work, including the underrated Zero Effect and 2002’s Orange County, but his recent work hasn’t made much of an impression on me. Sex Tape essentially sounds like a bit edgier rehash of Date Night, and since I’m not a Cameron Diaz fan, I’m personally hoping that someone else scores the lead female role for this one.