Feig’s new fantasy to premiere on Netflix Wednesday – The Oakland Press

Paul Feig is known for his comedies. So why, after all the success he’s had with humorous tales like “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters,” would he embrace anything in the fantasy genre?

He fell in love with the story and its heroines.

Just as readers fell in love with Soman Chainani’s “School for Good and Evil” book series, which Feig has adapted into a movie for Netflix, slated for worldwide release on Wednesday, October 19.

“I thought it was such a beautiful friendship story,” Feig said, and as anyone who follows the Hollywood writer/director’s work knows, this is an area he delves into, whether his leads are a group of ladies from honor, brought together for the sake of a friend getting married or a group of awkward teens helping each other survive the obstacles of high school.

“It’s like a great magical version of ‘Freaks and Geeks,'” Feig said, referring to the ABC teen comedy-drama series that was inspired by its heyday at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, where he grew up. and where her father ran the local ARC Surplus store.

Produced by Judd Apatow, “Freaks and Geeks” is credited with launching the careers of several actors, including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr and Linda Cardellini.

In this case, the story revolves around two best friends, Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie), who suddenly find themselves on opposite sides at a haunted school that trains heroes and villains to protect the balance between good and evil. Lady Lesso (Charlize Theron) teaches the villains and Professor Dovey (Kerry Washington) teaches the heroes, under the watchful eye of the school teacher (Laurence Fishburne).

Paul Feig is on the set of "The school of good and evil" with Kerry Washington (left) as Professor Dovey from the school of heroes, and Charlize Theron as the villains' teacher, Lady Lesso.  (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
Paul Feig on the set of “School for Good and Evil” with Kerry Washington (L) as Professor Dovey from the school for heroes, and Charlize Theron as the villain’s teacher Lady Lesso. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

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