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Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan Re-team For ‘WRONG ANSWER’

June 7, 2017

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Director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan will be reuniting for the fourth time on WRONG ANSWER, a true story of how Atlanta high school educators participated in an intricate, systematic standardized-test cheating scandal in 2013.

Set at New Regency and Plan B, Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the script based on a 2014  The New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv. Coogler will produce with Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and New Regency’s Arnon Milchan.

Jordan will play Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School near Atlanta who got caught up in the scandal involving the standardized tests that were part of the No Child Left Behind program that tried to institutionalize higher test scores in schools nationwide. The problem was that the students in Lewis’ school were severely underprivileged; despite the best efforts of Lewis and other teaches, these kids were not making the grades necessary to keep the school from being shuttered. And so Lewis, who in the article was a heroic force for the students of his school and was football, soccer and softball coach and the chess club founder, joined in an effort to cheat the test scores upward. Lewis became part of what was called the largest academic cheating scandal in U.S. history, which saw 11 educators convicted of racketeering. Lewis and Aviv will serve as consultants.

Coates, a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellowship and a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, will re-team with Coogler and Jordan as he also wrote the script for Black Panther, which features Chadwick Boseman as the title character and Jordan costars.

 

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