Howard Stern Reviving the Rock 'n' Roll High School
by Alex Billington
July 31, 2008
Howard Stern and producing partner Larry Levinson are planning a remake of the 1979 classic Rock 'n' Roll High School. The script is actually being written by Bill from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, aka in real life as Alex Winter, who has gone on to write and direct in addition to acting. Stern and Levinson are also remaking Porky's, with both films being personal favorites of Stern's. No director has been attached yet, but Winter explains "I've now done so much stuff in music videos, and the Napster movie, that the chance to bridge music and comedy was something that intrigued me. This movie seemed so ripe for a remake." Really? Ripe for a remake? Maybe after Paramount announced School of Rock 2!
The original 1979 comedy was directed by Allan Arkush and starred P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, and Dey Young. The film is about a group of rebellious students who, with the help of punk rock band the Ramones, thwart a repressive, rock-music-hating principal. Maybe it's because I'm not a child of the 70's, but I'd rather watch School of Rock countless times over than see Rock 'n' Roll High School remade! I know these two movies don't necessarily have anything in common, but when it comes to movies about students and rock music, there are only a few good movies that come to mind: Detroit Rock City, School of Rock, and, of course, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Maybe I'm just being a stickler about it, but I'm just not interested in this remake in the least. Someone please prove me wrong and show me that Rock 'n' Roll High School is indeed a classic!