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Jack Black in 'School of Rock'Back at the Cannes film festival, Jack Black made news when the comedian touted that he'd be down for a sequel to his generation-spanning surprise hit, "School of Rock." When we caught up with Black however, he revealed the one caveat to the deal...don't expect him back without original helmer Richard Linklater re-claiming the director's chair. Well, it looks like he got his wish.

Variety is reporting that Linklater, Black and screenwriter Mike White (who also played Black's best friend) are once again joining forces to bring kiddie-delivered rock 'n' roll to the masses. "I love to rock...I love making movies," Black told us about the prospect of returning as wacky rock prof Dewey Finn. "So it is kind of like Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, you put the acting and the rock together in a delicious sweet chocolately smash."

The trade mag reveals the working storyline involves Black bringing his class 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." So that begs the question...does that sound like something you'd throw down hard dollars for? The original was massively hyped as the must-see cute comedy of the year; can a second helping come close to touching that? Chime in below and let us know your thoughts.

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For those about to rock ... we salute you.

Three weeks ago, Jack Black told reporters in Cannes that he’d be totally down for a return to the "School of Rock," but made no mention of whether the proposed project would move ahead with original director Richard Linklater.

Well, you can count out Black if you count out Linklater, the comic actor recently told MTV News.

"It would have to be [with Richard]," Black said. "I wouldn't do it without him." Read More...

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Mike White and Jack BlackWhen you pop "Year of the Dog" into your DVD player (it's in stores this week), just remember that this sweet sounding yarn about a woman and her sweet pet named Pencil is from the man who wrote and starred in "Chuck and Buck."

Yes, "Year of the Dog" takes some dark turns as Molly Shannon wrestles with some weighty existential issues amid the bright sunshine of Southern California. It's never less than interesting.

Nor is White, a sometime actor and prolific screenwriter, best known for "School of Rock." I caught up with White to discuss his directing debut, the chances of a "School of Rock" sequel, and his secret TV obsession.

MTV: Had you seriously contemplated directing before this film? Read More...

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