by: Sammy Mink
Nickelodeon has picked up a SCHOOL OF ROCK series from Paramount TV straight to series. The live action musical comedy is based on Paramount’s 2003 comedy of the same name. Much like the film, the series will focus on down-on-his-luck musician Dewey Finn who pretends to be a substitute teacher to get some extra cash until he realizes the potential he sees in his students’ musical abilities. Director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin are set to executive produce the series, which will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida. The series is set to premiere next spring.
This projec marks the first collaboration between Nickelodeon and Paramount TV, the recently launched branch which is also producing the liv action “Grease” project for Fox. They are also developing “Narc,” “The Truman Show,” and “Ghost” for TV.
I’m not totally sure I can envision this insta-classic as a kids series, especially considering how much “inappropriate” language is in the film. Plus, who can play a charming rocker has-been better than Jack Black? Nevertheless, I’ll still be tuning in to see exactly what’s in store. Hopefully it’ll be hard core.