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Jack Black On Board For School Of Rock 2
Richard Linklater returning for sequel

14 July 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Fantastic news to kick off a new week, readers: Jack Black and Richard Linklater are set to reunite for a sequel to their wonderful 2003 (2004 for us Brits, though) comedy, School Of Rock.

If you remember – and if you don’t, get renting immediately – School Of Rock saw Black as Dewey Finn, a schlubby musician who fills in, illicitly, as a substitute teacher at his local school, and introduced his charges to the power of rock!

Filled with cracking gags, excellent performances from its child cast, a great soundtrack, genuine charm and a role that fitted Black like a glove, it was also the biggest hit of Black’s career (that wasn’t, we hasten to add, an animated film) as a leading man. And no, King Kong doesn’t count – he was strictly supporting in that film, baby.

And, no prizes for guessing that it was the biggest film of Linklater’s indie-centric career, too. So it’s not entirely surprising that both men are keen to return to the well of rock one more time.

This time around, in the provisionally-titled School Of Rock 2: America Rocks, Dewey takes a bunch of summer school kids on a trip across America, taking the time to educate them on the history and power of rawk as he does so.

Also returning are producer Scott Rudin and screenwriter/co-star Mike White, who played Dewey’s hapless best friend, Ned Schneebly. This will be the fourth that White has written for his pal, Black – Nacho Libre and Orange County are the other two.

No word yet on whether any of the kids from the original will be back for this one, though. We’d like to think so, though – those kids had great chemistry with Black, and their band – School Of Rock – kicked all kinds of righteous ass.

As with the first movie, Paramount will be picking up the cheques.To the people who gave this the green light, we raise our goblets of rock... and salute you.

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RE: It should be called "Road Trip of Rock - Americans will watch anything".
I'd go watch a 2nd School of Rock film but as people have said, I'd prefer a Tenacious D follow up. The rock off against the Devil at the end was brilliant:   "We'll bend you over and we'll take you to brown town" More

Posted by Diggler at 08:45 on 15 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: It should be called "Road Trip of Rock - Americans will watch anything".
What's Linklater doing?   I know his has to sell out every once in a while to fund his more experimental films (which I either love or hate - but good on him for giving me something new), but School of Rock 2?   Surely he can do something better.     More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 07:17 on 15 July 2008 | Report This Post

It should be called "Road Trip of Rock - Americans will watch anything".
At least the first had an interesting story and a few good subplot lines and it was called "School of Rock" for a reason. This sounds like such a stupid idea to me. More

Posted by DigitalMan at 04:58 on 15 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: It COULD work
Seems fairly pointless to me! There really is no need for a sequal. More

Posted by jighooligan at 23:43 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: It COULD work
If they got a good script then there's no reason why this couldn't work. After all, Dewey was the role Jack Black was born to play. More

Posted by Nimrods Son at 22:28 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

no sequel needed but...
it's like Ben and Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice Cream. You have one bowl and that's great. It hits the spot, tastes great and your lust for sugar and cream is satisfied. Then, naturally, you want some more. So you do. And there we have it. School of Rock is great ice cream. You love it and you know you shouldn't want more but you will cuz you know it'll be fun and tasty. Might get a bit chubby too... More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 20:40 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: why did I read this?!
Is it perhaps because you're a typical example of the standard-issue whiny internerd twat that plagues every message board in existence? The type who has to find fault in every damn thing- even things you have no active interest in or knowledge of? Incidentally, the answer you're looking for is yes. As the old adage goes- if you haven't got anything nice to say- FUCK OFF! More

Posted by martinblank at 19:46 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

If they make it a completely different story with completely different people (don't get me wrong the kids in the last one were superb) it could work. It's Jack Black anyway, he can make anything work in my opinion. More

Posted by mozzy_gal at 16:27 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

Hopefully Rage Kage can join the film. Tenacious D rocks! More

Posted by Bluehawk at 14:06 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

why did I read this?!
I really couldn't stand School Of Rock so obviously a sequel to me is a bad idea, To be honest I am not entirely sure why I clicked on the stroy in the first place ??...!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:00 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

Easy on people.
I think that it is good JB does these sort of movies. If he is not reigned in on his humour every now and again and plays a more subtle role he will end up like Will Ferrell where every character in every movie with the exception of STF is the same. Good luck to them I say. More

Posted by mudskins at 12:31 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

Oh dear...
....if ever an idea reeked of 'mo money'.... It would have to be a fantastic script with a great idea just to aviod being a complete rehash of the first. More

Posted by discodave101 at 12:06 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

I agree
School of Rock was very good but does not deserve a sequel.  Jack Black is too reigned in on projects like this, his balls out style of comedy works best when he can swear and be vile like in Tropic Thunder.  I too would love a Tenacious D sequel, bring it on.  Just watched Pick of Destiny again and love it, did you know that John C Reilly played Sasquatch in it? More

Posted by kinge247 at 11:30 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

i want a Tenacious D sequel! More

Posted by Hughezy at 11:01 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

The first was a great little standalone movie: no sequel needed or requested. Shame really..... I'd prefer a Tenacious D sequel: bring Dave Grohl back and set it in Hell or something....yeah! More

Posted by skeletonjack at 10:58 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

I concur. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 10:09 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

Yeah... this sounds like a terrible idea... More

Posted by wooz at 10:08 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

Bad Idea
School of Rock was pretty good, but a sequel? I just don't see where else they can take this. Surely Blacks not this desperate. I really don't see the point. More

Posted by mlavagna at 07:13 on 14 July 2008 | Report This Post

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