Nickelodeon Orders TV Adaptation of Jack Black's 'School of Rock' - Rolling Stone
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‘School of Rock’ TV Series Headed to Nickelodeon

Kids’ network orders 13 episodes of new show, with original director Richard Linklater attached as executive producer

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Jack Black in 'School of Rock'

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The shreducation will continue. Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of a small-screen adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black comedy, School of Rock, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Like the movie, the show will follow the misadventures of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his luck musician who fakes his way into a substitute teaching job at a prep school where he shows a group of classically-trained kids the ways of Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

The show is on track to air next spring with production beginning in the fall. The cast has yet to be announced, though it seems unlikely that Black will reprise his role as Finn. It is possible, though, they’ll find a role for Miranda Cosgrove, who scored one of her first acting jobs in School of Rock as the highly motivated teacher’s pet, Summer Hathaway, and later became a Nickelodeon star on the hit show, iCarly.

The movie’s director, Richard Linklater, will serve as the show’s executive producer alongside SoR producer Scott Rudin. Jim and Steve Armogida, the writing team currently working on Disney’s Crash & Bernstein, will write and run the series. The pair have previously penned numerous episodes of the beloved British sitcom, My Family.

Television isn’t the only medium hosting new versions of School of Rock either: As Variety notes, musical theater maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber is adapting the show for the stage with the hopes of bringing it to Broadway in 2016. Webber is penning new tunes for the show, but will also incorporate songs from the original film. Here’s hoping Black’s masterpiece about “Math” makes the cut.


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