Richard Linklater Says School of Rock 2 Not Happening?
by Alex Billington
September 5, 2008
Earlier tonight in Toronto I caught the world premiere of director Richard Linklater's newest film, title Me and Orson Welles, a delightful period comedy drama starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian McKay. After the screening I briefly stopped by the film's official party to chat with Linklater and the other guests. I couldn't help to mention how excited I was to see School of Rock 2, a sequel I'm honestly looking forward to, but his response to my mentioning of it wasn't all too positive. In July, the news about the sequel was officially confirmed by Variety, but apparently that's not the case. Linklater was quick to say to me that the film "might not" happen at all and that Paramount just jumped the gun on the news.
Linklater explained that he had only ever been called once by the studio and that his involvement really hadn't been officially confirmed. He went on to say that the studio had put out the news too early and said again that it probably wasn't happening, or that he wasn't really sure whether he would do it. At first I thought he was joking, but he really seemed somewhat skeptical about it, mentioning how sequels usually aren't that great. He said that they sort of snuck it into his schedule in an attempt to bump him off of the other movie he was trying to make. Linklater made it seem like the possibility of the sequel actually happening was rather slim. Unfortunate news for those few like me who were actually excited to see this.
I'm not entirely sure how many other people were interested in this sequel, but it's a bit disheartening to hear this news either way. All this really means is that we're not sure whether School of Rock 2 will still get made or not, but it doesn't sound likely. What do you think - is this good news or bad news?