HBO is set to make a record-smashing “near $20 million” deal to acquire Cory Finley’s fact-based embezzlement drama and Toronto Film Festival breakout “Bad Education”. That would make it one of the biggest acquisition deals of a festival.
Inspired by true events, the story follows Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Allison Janney) who reign over a popular Long Island school district on the verge of the nation’s top spot, spurring record college admissions and soaring property values.
However, when an embezzlement scheme surfaces that threatens to destroy all they’ve built, Frank is forced to maintain order and secrecy – by whatever means necessary.
Jackman’s performance in particular has drawn raves, but major regular theatrical buyers didn’t seem to want to enthusiastically step forward until HBO came in and will now release the film on multiple platforms in 2020 where it could prove a serious Emmy contender. Mike Makowsky helms the film.