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Nickelodeon set to roll with TV reboot of ‘School of Rock’

Move over, Disney pop princesses! Nickelodeon is ready to rock the house -- and a casting call has been issued. On Monday, TV Guide reported that the kid-centric cable network has ordered a live-action adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black comedy flick, “School of Rock.”

HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: Jack Black and fellow cast members attend the premiere of the movie 'School of Rock' at the Cinerama Dome September 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: Jack Black and fellow cast members attend the premiere of the movie 'School of Rock' at the Cinerama Dome September 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California.
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The movie followed unconventional substitute teacher Dewey Finn (Black), a wannabe rock star who taught his classically trained prep school class all about the merits of rock and roll. It even featured a then-unknown Miranda Cosgrove, who headlined her own Nick series (“iCarly”) a few years later.

The Nick version of the musical comedy has been ordered for 13 episodes, and while casting has not yet been announced, there is speculation that an all-grown-up Cosgrove could reprise her role as Summer Hathaway in the TV reboot or possibly debut a new role in the series.

While it is highly unlikely that Jack Black will reprise his role of Dewey Finn in the new show, one person who will definitely be back at work for the small screen sequel is the original movie’s director, Richard Linklater. According to Rolling Stone, Linklater will serve as the sitcom’s executive producer alongside original “School of Rock” producer Scott Rudin.

It will be interesting to see the TV version of the story without Jack Black. The original movie was written especially for the comedian and Tenacious D front man, and Linklater once told Esquire, “’School of Rock’ was conceived around Jack so completely that there's really no separating that.”

The “School of Life” story seems to have found a second life a decade after its release. Variety previously revealed that composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is adapting the story for the musical stage and has set his sights on bringing it to Broadway by 2016.

The new “School of Rock” television series is scheduled to begin production this fall and is slated to premiere in spring of 2015 on Nickelodeon.