Dayton & Faris Attempt 'Abstinence Teacher' Again; Steve Carell & Sandra Bullock Attached to Star

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Just five months after the indie-smash success of the summer 2006 Fox Searchlight film, "Little Miss Sunshine" -- the picture was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture and won two -- directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris announced their potential follow-up project, a bigscreen adaptation of Tom Perrotta's sex-ed novel "The Abstinence Teacher." Published in 2007, the novel revolves around a divorced sex ed teacher in middle America who is at odds with the town's more conservative groups. At the same time, she finds herself falling for her daughter's born-again soccer coach.

Fast forward four years later to 2010 and the project obviously still hasn't surfaced and one presumes part of the problem was the film was a Warner Independent Pictures project and that indie division shuttered in 2008 (and/or it's just one of those projects that has been gestating for a long time).

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