Paramount, MTV Doing Bong Hits 4 Jesus

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington meets Half Baked.

by | October 22, 2007 | Comments

Good news, schoolchildren of America: Getting suspended is now a viable ticket to cinematic immortality.

Provided you earn your suspension in a suitably outlandish fashion, that is. And fight it on First Amendment grounds in front of the Supreme Court. Do all those things, and you could find yourself in the position of Joseph Frederick, the Alaskan high school student who took his battle for, um, freedom of expression all the way to the highest court in the land. From Variety:

Frederick already had a contentious relationship with the school principal when he got suspended for 10 days for displaying a “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” message on a 14-foot sign outside the school. The principal felt the banner promoted drug use. The case made national headlines, and Frederick became a poster boy for the First Amendment, but in a split decision, the Supreme Court upheld the principal’s right to suspend the student.

Bong Hits 4 Jesus is now, Variety reports, the title of a Paramount/MTV Films production which will be produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. The story, to be written by Mark Poirier, will revolve around Frederick’s suspension — and the effect it had on his family. From the article:

“The heart of this story is the relationship between a father and son,” Shamberg said. “Frank Frederick was an insurance adjuster facing the loss of his job if his son didn’t back down.”

Frederick, who’d often discussed the importance of First Amendment rights with his son at the dinner table, would not force his son to drop the case, and he was fired from his job. Father and son now teach English in China.

Shamberg, whose previous collaborations with Sher have included the similarly ripped-from-the-headlines Freedom Writers, World Trade Center, and Erin Brockovich, describes Bong Hits 4 Jesus as being similar to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, saying it’s “about a young man standing up for his rights.”

Source: Variety

Tag Cloud

nature Awards Tour Logo Pet Sematary DC streaming service independent Apple TV+ San Diego Comic-Con Ghostbusters See It Skip It zombies 2019 Mindy Kaling spinoff American Society of Cinematographers book CBS All Access RT History Women's History Month video on demand fast and furious science fiction DGA E3 TIFF 2018 President dc sag awards Black History Month movies NYCC Nominations Emmy Nominations blaxploitation scary movies 4/20 Country Apple renewed TV shows Musical Marathons Comedy zero dark thirty Winners Oscars political drama Extras Tubi Star Trek Endgame WGN movie Watching Series Election medical drama Holiday batman romantic comedy twilight CNN documentaries CW Seed video classics technology New York Comic Con Trivia unscripted Christmas Pop Peacock 007 boxoffice Classic Film 2016 Family Brie Larson ESPN harry potter Arrowverse Writers Guild of America comedies tv talk crime WarnerMedia singing competition Ovation documentary serial killer IFC Films 2015 game show name the review Disney streaming service psychological thriller Marvel Television superhero A24 Drama laika Podcast die hard The CW Certified Fresh dogs parents Showtime Marvel 45 elevated horror Columbia Pictures Television Critics Association dragons Tarantino hollywood First Reviews PaleyFest Grammys finale Rocketman jamie lee curtis Holidays Acorn TV 71st Emmy Awards green book Heroines 2020 Comic Book mission: impossible FOX TBS chucky Dark Horse Comics E! Disney+ Disney Plus TV Land Countdown Marvel Studios binge 21st Century Fox 2017 best cops Tumblr mutant GoT halloween YouTube Red Epix Trophy Talk Spike crossover docudrama Ellie Kemper Stephen King Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Travel Channel X-Men Winter TV versus Sundance series Hear Us Out Box Office YouTube Premium Kids & Family south america rotten movies we love festivals cancelled based on movie Apple TV Plus Turner USA Network blockbuster transformers spy thriller diversity canceled Awards adventure stoner Polls and Games cars Cannes MCU Nat Geo Black Mirror Amazon Studios Crackle Vudu The Walking Dead ratings Film Festival Tomatazos emmy awards a nightmare on elm street satire Sneak Peek award winner concert BET Awards Film kids cooking free movies TNT OneApp Hallmark SundanceTV El Rey Superheroe police drama game of thrones romance AMC Baby Yoda worst Red Carpet Pop TV Super Bowl LGBTQ The Witch RT21 Western Rom-Com spider-man TCM hist Amazon Prime Video Spectrum Originals Set visit Emmys Character Guide news TCA Winter 2020 Rock Teen witnail spanish language hispanic A&E what to watch facebook ABC Family CMT comics criterion universal monsters Toys reviews films doctor who robots breaking bad war Hulu VH1 Masterpiece Fall TV Creative Arts Emmys Pixar Lionsgate Thanksgiving Britbox Television Academy Mudbound TV anime Spring TV Starz HBO Max discovery franchise TruTV TV renewals PBS Amazon Prime psycho Fox News joker ITV TCA stand-up comedy LGBT period drama Superheroes Infographic Reality 24 frames YouTube Martial Arts cinemax Disney travel zombie screenings Freeform Crunchyroll mockumentary GLAAD politics dceu Interview Music quibi cancelled television Comedy Central historical drama Paramount Network Sundance Now Funimation Disney Plus 72 Emmy Awards BBC America GIFs cancelled TV shows MSNBC FX on Hulu directors dramedy Comics on TV indie toy story Action Biopics spain MTV TCA Awards reboot Mary Poppins Returns christmas movies Summer Shondaland FXX CBS strong female leads supernatural vampires talk show Warner Bros. ghosts Discovery Channel Nickelodeon Captain marvel Reality Competition Food Network Star Wars cancelled TV series Hallmark Christmas movies Walt Disney Pictures Photos Sundance TV cults disaster canceled TV shows BBC Elton John all-time Valentine's Day Mary Tyler Moore Opinion revenge Cartoon Network Cosplay VOD HBO Go Pirates Song of Ice and Fire nbcuniversal cartoon werewolf SXSW crime drama Bravo theme song Calendar National Geographic asian-american justice league sitcom PlayStation thriller Adult Swim miniseries BET composers Syfy Lifetime Christmas movies SDCC anthology aliens children's TV critics Sony Pictures Amazon richard e. Grant The Arrangement teaser Horror indiana jones television Disney Channel streaming Quiz NBC natural history adaptation comic space screen actors guild Schedule biography TCA 2017 sports true crime slashers Mystery DirecTV Premiere Dates First Look Anna Paquin Fantasy BAFTA HBO Chernobyl Mary poppins VICE BBC One casting foreign The Purge Binge Guide Universal Best and Worst OWN child's play Academy Awards rotten APB ABC USA Turner Classic Movies IFC DC Comics Rocky DC Universe latino Netflix Christmas movies Lucasfilm golden globes YA Pride Month Year in Review Lifetime animated social media 20th Century Fox Video Games Trailer TLC Musicals Esquire History Shudder Avengers crime thriller FX comiccon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix Paramount Sci-Fi stop motion Animation dark cats obituary sequel