Mike White Finished the First Draft of School of Rock 2 Crying
A couple of weeks ago when we wrote about Jack Black returning to School of Rock 2 it was only just early speculation. Now it's official - Mike White has just finished the first draft of an actual script. If you've seen School of Rock and felt bad for the character of Ned Schneebly (above left), Jack Black's roommate, that's a good thing - that was Mike himself, and he's a softer guy than you might imagine. White spoke at a panel on Sunday at the on-going Los Angeles Film Festival and revealed via Defamer that he cried while writing. Yep, you heard that right! "I actually just completed a draft of what's potentially the sequel, and I'm still, like, crying as I'm writing the script," he said. "I try to come at it from a personal place—"
White was unfortunately unable to reveal anything about the story, saying that he just turned it in and doesn't even know if it's going to get made, saying "it's a little too fresh off the boat for me to get into right now." I personally loved School of Rock and would certainly welcome a sequel, as long as Jack Black and Richard Linklater returned, but if you're skeptical of White's writing abilities, don't fear. In addition to writing Orange County, School of Rock, and Nacho Libre, White also both wrote and directed a great indie comedy titled Year of the Dog. He also recently collaborated with British filmmaker Edgar Wright on a script called Them. White spoke further at the panel about writing sequels.
"Every time you're creating something, you're always thinking, 'What is the pleasurable part of this? What is the theme that's going to resonate with people?' I've had experiences where I loved what I did, and no one came. And times when I said, 'This could use some editing,' and everybody loves it. Our job is to pretend we know what everybody wants to see, but I don't know. So with this, you want to have a reason to go to the well again. You want it to not just be a reason so people can cash in. But at least now I have a better sense of what it was we created — what worked and what didn't. I can kind of reboot it."
As Jack Black said in the last article, he wouldn't return unless director Richard Linklater came back as well. I agree that this team comprised of White, Black, and Linklater, is what made the first movie so great. However, this is a project that Paramount is developing and they can essentially do whatever they want with it. Thankfully Mike White is already involved, so let's just hope they keep bringing back the same people. From the sounds of it, this might be a good sequel. Let's just cross our fingers and hope Paramount doesn't butcher this into something it shouldn't be. Would you like to see School of Rock return?