School of Rock, the 2003 comedy starring Jack Black, is being adapted for television by Nickelodeon. A straight-to-series order has just been placed on the live-action show, which will see lead character Dewey Finn return. There’s no word yet if Jack Black will join the project, but it’s highly doubtful.
The press release didn’t reveal much about the plot, simply stating that the School of Rock tv show “will follow the adventures and misadventures of Dewey Finn, a down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional and overachieving students to play and love rock ‘n’ roll.” Basically, the show’s plot will be almost identical to the film.
Jim and Steve Armogida, known for writing on Disney XD’s Crash & Bernstein, will be writing the series and will be serving as show runners and executive producers. Richard Linklater, who directed the original film, will be also be executive producing with his School of Rock producer, Scott Rudin.
The 2003 comedy stands as a pretty good film, with Jack Black’s personality gelling perfectly with the plot. It’ll be interesting to see how the adaptation will go without him in the lead, and whether or not Nickelodeon will keep some of the film’s more “adult” aspects.
The 13-episode first season of School of Rock will begin airing on Nickelodeon by mid-next year.