Jack Black Says No School of Rock 2 Unless Linklater Returns
I'm not ashamed to say that one of my personal all-time favorite comedies is School of Rock. It was Jack Black at his best (besides in Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny) and had some hilarious scenes and a great story. As is typically the case with Hollywood, a sequel is being considered, but not necessarily with anyone from the original film at the moment. Jack Black apparently told reporters in Cannes that he was up for returning if it happened, but not much else was said. However, MTV followed up with Black recently and got a few more details out of him. They've only gotten as far as writing the first draft of a script at the moment, but he said whatever the case may be, director Richard Linklater better return. "It would have to be [with Richard]," Black said. "I wouldn't do it without him."
School of Rock was as good as it was because it contained a trifecta of comedic geniuses: director Richard Linklater, screenwriter Mike White, and actor Jack Black. Linklater, as you may know, is the mind behind such trippy films like Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and A Scanner Darkly. However, in combination with writing of Mike White ("Freaks and Geeks", Orange County, Nacho Libre) the result is something genuinely entertaining - as was the case with School of Rock. However, I agree with Jack Black this time - without that exact same trifecta, this film won't even come close to living up to the original. It's a tough call to begin with, but maybe, just maybe, if they did get Linklater and White back, this could turn out great.
If you want to hear one of the most delicious and enticing statements all day, here's what Jack Black added in response. "I look forward to reading it. I hope it happens because I had such a great experience the first time, it would be fun to do it again. I love to rock. I love making movies. So it is kind of like Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, you put the acting and the rock together in a delicious sweet chocolately smash." Considering I haven't eaten breakfast yet, that certainly sounds wonderful to me! Now if only we could actually get that exact creation and not some ripoff wannabe store brand instead. That's up to the execs in Hollywood to make that happen! I'll be crossing my fingers hoping that Linklater, White, and Black all team up again for School of Rock 2 - or else it'll be a guaranteed flop.