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Nickelodeon is teaming up with Paramount TV, Richard Linklater and Scott Rudin to bring rock and roll to the network. A television adaptation of Linklater’s 2003 hit School of Rock is in the works and will air on Nick.
The network put in a straight-to-series, 13-episode order, reports The Hollywood Reporter. It will center on Dewey Finn, a rock star who becomes a substitute teacher at a prep school and teaches his students how to rock. The role was played by Jack Black in the film.
Jim and Steve Armogida will be overseeing the project as writers and showrunners. They will also executive produce with Linklater and Rudin, who produced the film.
This is the newest TV project for Paramount’s new TV arm. The studio got off to a rocky start when CBS didn’t pick up the Beverly Hills Cop series, but a Ghost series is still in the works. There is also a Friday The 13th project alive and several original series as well.
School of Rock became a mainstream hit for Linklater, who is back in theaters now with the acclaimed indie hit Boyhood, and grossed $131 million worldwide. A stage musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber is also in the works.
The School of Rock series is expected to premiere next year.
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