Actor Michael B. Jordan and film director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler are teaming up again for their newest film, Wrong Answer. The film focuses on the standardized testing cheating scandal that took place in the Atlanta Public Schools District. Educators attempted to keep their school open by tampering with the standardized testing system that was put in place by former U.S. President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind policies.
In the film, Jordan plays Damany Lewis, a middle school teacher, and athletics coach. He joins the ring of cheating educators to make his under-privileged students’ test scores higher. However, he was only one of 11 people who were convicted of racketeering.
This is the fourth film that Coogler and Jordan have worked on together. Previous films include Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the upcoming Black Panther movie. In the previous two films, Jordan was credited with amazing performances. There’s already anticipation and speculation that the Black Panther film will do extremely well at the box office. Especially since it’s trailer, which was recently released a year ahead of the film has garnered a lot of excitement.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, an award-winning writer and author of the Black Panther comic book series, wrote the script for Wrong Answer. His script is an adaptation of a New Yorker article that chronicled the scandal, through the eyes of real-life math teacher Damany Lewis. The writer of the article, Rachel Aviv, will serve as a consultant on the film along with Lewis himself. Behind the film, is Brad Pitt with his production company Plan B.
Over 100 employees working at approximately 44 schools altered the standardized test score of their kids to keep their schools from shutting down. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution put a spotlight on the scandal in 2009, which prompted an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The trial of twelve education professionals became national headline news. One of the educators died before sentencing, however, the rest were convicted and given prison sentences ranging from 6 months to 5 years.
No word yet on when production is set to begin.