‘Easy A’ Writer Bert Royal to Write and Direct a Spinoff for Screen Gems

Film’s original screenwriter will make his directorial debut on the project

Screen Gems is developing a spinoff film to “Easy A,” the 2010 comedy that helped launch Emma Stone to leading lady stardom. The studio has tapped Bert Royal, the original screenwriter on the film, to write and direct the currently untitled spinoff, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Royal, who is a writer and executive producer on the Freeform series “Recovery Road,” will make his directorial debut on the film. Zanne Devine is also returning to produce the spinoff movie.

“Easy A” was an updated, teen comedy take on “The Scarlet Letter,” in which a clean-cut student gets ahead in her social standing by making up a rumor and proudly flaunting the idea that she’s sexually promiscuous, despite that being a lie. The new film will be set at the same high school and will explore many of the similar themes as the original.

The original “Easy A” was directed by Will Gluck, and was a surprise hit, taking in over $75 million worldwide. It also starred Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, Stanley Tucci, Fred Armisen and Dan Byrd.

Royal is repped by CAA, Writ Large, and attorney Adam Keller.

Variety first reported the news of the spinoff.