Sunday, August 3, 2008

Rock 'N' Roll Redux

In addition to his plan to remake Porky's (seriously), self-proclaimed "King of All Media" Howard Stern continues to branch out further into movie production with the announcement that he plans to revisit Rock 'N' Roll High School.Alex Winter (Bill in the Bill & Ted movies) has been recruited to update the script.

While I could care less about a return to Porky's (unless, of course, we finally got a good look at Meat, if you know what I mean), a R'N'RHS reunion is a different story. After all, the original Roger Corman cult fave seemed mostly to exist as an excuse to get the Ramones on the big screen (and, considering they disbanded in 1996 and three of their original members have died since then, I don't think they'll be back for this one).

Sure, we did get P.J. Soles (wearing all her own clothes) as spunky spitfire Riff Randell and the wonderful Mary Woronov as the evil Principal Togar ("Do your parents know you're Ramones?") in the bargain (not to mention the late great Paul Bartel). Perhaps if these two R'N'RHS alumni ladies returned for cameos (Woronov already did for a sequel I never knew existed), this whole idea would be easier to swallow. Throw in an appearance by Stern's frequent on air sidekick George Takei and I'm sold.

On the other hand, maybe they should take it in another direction, specifically back to the original concept for the first film: Disco High. Alas, that doesn't sound like Stern's style.

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