It's Official - School of Rock 2: America Rocks Moving Forward!
by Alex Billington
July 14, 2008
It's now official - Paramount is getting the team back together for School of Rock 2: America Rocks. First, Jack Black said he wouldn't return unless Richard Linklater came back, then screenwriter Mike White said when he finished a draft of the script he was crying at the end. Now Paramount has officially greenlit the sequel and is currently developing it with the whole band back. Not only is Mike White back, but Jack Black is in, and so is director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin from the original. For some, this is going to be a let down, for others, this might be great news. Either way, you need to hear the concept before you start making any judgments, because it actually sounds promising.
Officially titled School of Rock 2: America Rocks, the film picks up with Dewey Finn (Jack Black) leading a group of summer school students on a cross-country field trip that delves into the history of rock 'n' roll and explores the roots of blues, rap, country and other genres. Mike White, who wrote the original School of Rock as well as Orange County, Nacho Libre, and Year of the Dog is returning, as is Richard Linklater, who directed the original as well as Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, Fast Food Nation and A Scanner Darkly. The comedy only cost $30 million to make and earned $81 million at the box office in October of 2003.
Why is this good news? If you loved the original film, like me, this has the same feel as that - the entire "band" is back, from the director, to the screenwriter, to the producer, to the star. The only thing missing is the same kids from the first one, but for all we know, some of them could make an appearance. Although the concept sounds promising, I'm not sure whether I can say it might surpass the first, only because that would be a phenomenal feat. As it stands, I'm looking forward to this quite a bit - I think the whole team might be able to make something that at least is an enjoyable compliment to the original. And Jack Black back as Dewey Finn exploring blues, rap, country, and rock sounds as enticing as Walk Hard, although not everyone liked that movie. What are your thoughts on this sequel now that's it greenlit?