Are you ready to rock? Are you ready to roll? The Hollywood Reporter shared on Monday, Aug. 4, that the rock and roll comedy School of Rock will be adapted into a live-action tv series for Nickelodeon.
Paramount Television will be teaming up with the kid-friendly network to put out this 13-episodes series. This will be Paramount TV’s first adolescent program. Other similar projects in the works from Paramount TV include series on the movies Ghost, Terminator and The Truman Show.
Jim and Steve Armogida have signed on as the writers, executive producers and showrunners for the rock and roll show. The School of Rock movie’s director, Richard Linklater and the movie’s producer Scott Rudin will also be executive producers for the Nick show.
The show, like the movie, will be about the life and trials of Dewey Finn (Jack Black's character in the movie), a rocker who has run into some bad luck and is in need of money. To make some extra cash, Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, but instead of teaching the curriculum he teaches the students to play and appreciate rock and roll.
"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," Paramount TV president Amy Powell said.
The movie was released in October 2003, and has brought in $131 million worldwide. The original cast had its 10 year reunion for the movie last year.
This show marks the second live action show Nickelodeon has announced in the past week. Both come about a month after the series Sam & Cat was cancelled. President of content and development at Nick, Russell Hicks, said, "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."
Casting for the series has not been announced. Production is due to start in the fall and the with the show premiering spring 2015.