For the first time ever, Nickelodeon and Paramount Television are teaming up to produce a live-action, musical-comedy series based on the 2003 cult-classic School of Rock. Nickelodeon has initially ordered 13 episodes for the first season. Production to begin this fall, with the premiere in the spring of 2015. Find out more details pertaining to this project after the break.
I’d like to think of School of Rock as a cult-classic because you never hear anyone really gush over the film, but it has a really strong fan base for those who enjoy it. I mean, Entertainment Weekly did bring back the cast for their 10-year anniversary. It would seem that perhaps, Nickelodeon is looking to capture some of the that Glee/American Idol fandom with some young talent to rock children’s programming.
Casting for School of Rock has not been announced yet, but the premise involves the 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.” Pretty similar to the story of the Richard Linklater (Before Midnight; Boyhood) directed film.
Amy Powell, President of Paramount Television had this to say concerning the new series:
“We are thrilled our first foray into kids programming will be a straight-to-series order with our Viacom partners at Nickelodeon. With Dewey’s outrageous personality and rock star sensibilities taking center stage, School of Rock will be an irresistibly fun show for the whole family.”
President of Content and Development over at Nickelodeon agrees:
“School of Rock is one of those great movies that always felt quintessentially Nickelodeon in its tone and humor, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Paramount Television and bring it to life as a TV series.Once again, kids will be able to laugh and rock!”
Glee and American Idol have both garnered their shares of mega download stardom from fans who eat every cover up. Whether this show will be strictly covers or original songs has yet to be unveiled, but the potential to dominate the music industry isn’t out of the question.
School of Rock will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida (Crash & Bernstein, My Family), who will also serve as executive producers and showrunners. The movie’s director Richard Linklater and producer Scott Rudin will executive produce the television series.
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