Stern sets ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ remake

Alex Winter to write 'High School' for shockjock

Howard Stern is revisiting “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.”

The shockjock is producing, along with Larry Levinson, a remake of the 1979 film. Alex Winter, best known for playing alongside Keanu Reeves in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” has been hired to script it.

Pic was about a group of rebellious students who, with the help of punk rock band the Ramones, thwarted a repressive, rock-music-hating principal.

Stern, while busy hosting and programming two daily channels on Sirius Satellite Radio, is now partnered on two films with Levinson. They also are working on a remake of the raunchy Bob Clark-directed 1982 comedy “Porky’s” that could start production in the fall.

Stern got involved because he was a fan of both pics.

While Winter still acts, he spends most of his time as a writer and director. He has directed numerous musicvideos and commercials, created segments for Jimmy Kimmel’s latenight show and helmed “Ben 10: Race Against Time” for the Cartoon Network. Winter also scripted a feature about Napster and its creator, Shawn Fanning, for MTV Films.

“I’ve now done so much stuff in musicvideos, and the Napster movie, that the chance to bridge music and comedy was something that intrigued me,” Winter said. “This movie seemed so ripe for a remake.”

Development is being funded by Levinson’s Stonewerks Motion Picture Group, whose Dan Gross will also be involved as a producer.

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    1. Jonathan Schult says:

      Neither film is “ripe” for a remake. They are both classics that appeal for so many intangible reasons. To remake them would be sacrilege and they probably wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as the originals.

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