Filming will start this month in Atlanta on Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck. CBS Films and Participant Media just announced Lauren Graham and Rob Riggle will star alongside Gluck, and Thomas Barbusca, Andrew Daly, Adam Pally, Efren Ramirez, Isabela Moner, and Alexa Nisenson have also joined the cast. Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, and Kara Holden wrote the screenplay and Steve Carr is attached to direct.
The comedy is based on James Patterson’s Middle School six-book series and Patterson’s James Patterson Entertainment is co-financing the film adaptation. Patterson’s also involved as an executive producer.
“Over the years, I have had the privilege to meet countless Middle School fans, and I know that today they are just as excited as I am by this incredible cast,” said Patterson. “Speaking for everyone involved in this project, we are going to give those fans the movie that they deserve.”
Middle School opens in theaters on October 7, 2016.
The Middle School Plot:
The first entry in the series, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, chronicles the trials and triumphs of Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck) as he uses all of his wits to battle bullies, hormones and the tyrannical, test-obsessed Principal Dwight (Daly). Graham co-stars as Rafe’s mother Jules, along with Riggle as her boyfriend Bear, Nisenson as Rafe’s sister Georgia, Barbusca as Rafe’s best friend Leo, Moner as Rafe’s first crush Jeanne, Ramirez as Gus and Pally as his favorite teacher, Mr. Teller.