Jack Black & Mike White Reunite on 'The D-Train' with James Marsden
Back in 2003, writer Mike White and star Jack Black teamed up for the spectacular family comedy School of Rock. And while news a few years ago indicated a potential sequel probably wouldn't happen, there was at least an awesome 10th anniversary reunion concert with the cast last year. Now White and Black are getting back together again for a new indie comedy called The D-Train. White is producing the film through his RipCord Productions and Black through his Electric Dynamite banner with the film set to shoot in New Orleans this month with Yes Man writing duo Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel set to direct.
THR says the film follows a high school reunion committee chairman in Middle America, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school (James Marsden) to show up to their 20-year reunion. But the problem is that guy is now a failed actor trying to stay busy with commercial work in LA, and for some reason, that creates some troubles in getting him to attend the reunion. Bill Hader was once attached to lead this project as of last summer, but he seems to have fallen away from the project now.
White will appear in the film as Black's only friends from high school, and "Ben & Kate" and The Way Way Back writer, director and supporting actor Nat Faxon is also in talks to have some sort of role. This sounds like a lot of fun, mostly because Marsden has a blast with comedy, as evidenced by Enchanted, Sex Drive and most recently Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. And maybe Black will actually have a good straight-up comedy, something he's struggled with over the past few years. Sound good?