Does The World Need A “Rock N Roll High School” Remake? (Even If It’s Written By Bill S. Preston, Esq.?)

Jul 31st, 2008 // 20 Comments

Well, too bad, because it’s getting one: Howard Stern is co-producing a remake of the 1982 film that will have its script penned by Alex Winter, a.k.a. Bill from the Bill & Ted movies and the director of Extreme’s video for “Decadence Dance.” “This movie seemed so ripe for a remake,” Winter told Variety. Call me crazy, but I have a feeling that the role of the Ramones will get played by, I don’t know, McFly or Busted or some other band that some desperate major-label exec is really trying to “break.” And if that does indeed come to pass, the whole enterprise is going to be more than a little bogus, dude. [Variety / YouTube]


  1. Tauwan

    God! MTV wants to remake Rocky Horror Picture Show and now this. No people. NO!

  2. joshservo

    I’m going to advocate the devil on this one. Between THE IDIOT BOX and FREAKED, Winter has a track record of inventive, oddball stuff. If someone has to remake the movie (and believe you me, I’m not saying they have to), then he’s as good of a guy as any.

    I don’t get super-pissy about remakes, generally. There’s been no law passed that I know of demanding that all old copies of the original movies be rounded up and burned. At this point, it’s just fun to sit back and watch Hollywood desperately scramble to “re-imagine” any moldy ol’ property that has one iota of brand recognition.

    I look forward to the “Forbidden Zone” remake with Spencer and Heidi.

  3. Maura Johnston

    @joshservo: Even if the reunited Enuff Z’Nuff is the band?

  4. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    Wyld Stallions! ?

  5. Anonymous


  6. tigerpop

    @Maura Johnston: The phrase “reunited Enuff Z’Nuff” just made me a little happy dance in my chair.

  7. tigerpop

    @tigerpop: Er, that is “made me DO a little happy dance.” Good thing I’m an editor.

  8. The Van Buren Boys

    Oh come on, we all know that Tokio Hotel is going to be involved one way or another.

  9. Maura Johnston

    @tigerpop: Well they are one of Howard’s favorite bands, although the death of Derek Frigo will obviously be an obstacle to a full reunion.

  10. joshservo

    @Maura Johnston: For “Rock N’ Roll High School?” That would actually be best case scenario, wouldn’t it?

    One of the main reasons why RNRHS worked (besides the fact that PJ Soles is STRAIGHT FIRE) is because the central conceit of the Ramones inspiring Beatlemania-like symptoms in a town’s teenfolk is just freaking hysterical. Sure, the Ramones were as popular as they were ever going to be in 1980, but it was always going to be with the kids who hung out behind the school.

    If you’re telling me that this movie is going to be about a bunch of teeners who are killing themselves to get high on a New Thing, as it were, then I would Shalit your ass by saying, “Enuf is certainly NOT Enuf! Fly High, Michelle to your local cineplex, because it doesn’t take an Animal With Human Intellegence to know that I’ll B the 1 2 Luv this movie!”

    What if they got King’s X, and called it “Rock N’ Roll Parochial School?” I’d see that.

  11. Rob Murphy

    Arcade Fire?

  12. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Just be glad this wasn’t done ten years ago as “Rap ‘n’ Roll High School”, centered around Crazy Town.

  13. joshservo

    And not to keep harping on this, but I think we can all agree that as a franchise, RNRHS has already had it’s Hitler-In-Hell low point. To wit:

    I mean, shoot. The movie could star Vampire Weekend, and that would be an improvement. “Kwassa Kwassa High School,” anyone?

  14. Rob Murphy


  15. Anonymous

    Only if they bring back Clint Howard as Eaglebauer.

  16. tigerpop

    @Maura Johnston: I know! He was really quite good, too.

    @joshservo: King’s X are playing with the reunited Extreme in NYC on Monday. So tempted.

  17. Rob Murphy

    Good Charlotte?

  18. ObtuseIntolerant

    @The Van Buren Boys: Haha. Tokio Hotel would be HILARIOUS!!!! Or emos like MCR.

    Paramore? Come on, girl power. She could at least actually BE in high school….

    Or something hip hoppier? Are Gym Class Heroes hip-hoppy rock? I have no idea. Then Katy Perry could be in it, too! (This seems disturbingly feasible.)

    If it was made super contemporary, it might at least be useful in some way as a memento.

    If they try to copy it outright, baby pandas and ducklings will cry. If they try to give it hipster appeal it will just turn out like…Where the Wild Things Are or something.

  19. remarkie

    This is sacrilege, plain and simple.

  20. moulty

    Let’s just hope something will match the first movie’s awkward attempt to posit Joey Ramone as crush-worthy.

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