Exclusive: School Of Rock 2 - it's not happening


Don't believe everything you read online (unless you read it at, obviously).

We've just been chatting with indie godfather Richard Linklater, the man behind Dazed And Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and most recently Me And Orson Welles, about a the possibility of a sequel to his 2003 comedy School Of Rock and he told us, "I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. Never say never but currently, no. It never seemed to gel."
IMDB currently has School Of Rock 2: America Rocks slated for a 2011 release with Jack Black on board as Dewey Finn, the imposter teacher from the original.

This time, apparently, he "leads a group of summer school students on a cross-country field trip that delves into the history of rock 'n' roll and explores the roots of blues, rap, country and other genres." Only he doesn't.

"It became an idea a little over a year ago but it never really took off." Linklater told us. "You don’t want to do it just to do it. Jack and I are in a pretty firm position on that one. Having done a sequel with Before Sunset I tread into those waters pretty delicately. You’ve got to have a really burning passion to do it and a reason."

We'll bring you the full interview with Linklater in a future issue of Total Film but we can tell you that post Me and Orson Welles (starring Zac Efron, above) Linklater's working on a number of projects, including his ongoing movie about childhood, following one young man as he grows up.

"Every year I film a little more, he gets a little older. Last year he got acne and his voice dropped. My guy is going to have a beer for the first time this year.” Nostalgic and moving study of the loss of innocence? It's what Linklater does best...

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