School of Rock Adaptations to Grace Both Nickelodeon and the Stage
Eleven years ago, Jack Black’s Dewey Finn and his talented music class rocked the big screen with the rock musical comedy “School of Rock,” showing us that sticking to your passion never goes out of style and helps pay the rent too. Now, more than ten years later, Dewey Finn is back in business, charming his way into our hearts with laughs and good old rock ‘n’ roll in the small screen and in the stage. Read on to learn more about this story.
Fans of both the film and rock ‘n’ roll will be delighted as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon will be producing a live-action version of the film. Broadway fans will also be elated as Variety reported that renowned Broadway composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently developing a musical adaptation of the film as well.
The television series, just like the film, will focus on Dewey Finn, an aspiring rock star who decides to pose as a substitute teacher at a prep school in order to earn money to pay his rent after his rock band kicks him out. While there, he realizes that his students are musically talented and educates them in the history and music of rock ‘n’ roll, as the children only know pop and hip hop. In a bid to reclaim his pride and ambition, Dewey and the class form a band and enter in the Battle of the Bands, where Dewey’s old band will be playing and competing.
According to Deadline, this is the first collaboration between the kid’s network, Nickelodeon, and Paramount TV.
The live-action television series, which already has a thirteen-episode order, will begin production in the fall and will premiere in the spring of 2015. It will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida and will be produced by Richard Linklater and Scott Rudin.
Moreover, Lloyd Webber, who has produced renowned musicals such as “Cats,” “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be songs from the original film. It will also feature new material, which he will write. The stage adaptation of “School of Rock” is set to grace the stage sometime in 2016.
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