Howard Stern has hired Alex Winter, best known as Bill from Bill & Ted, to pen a remake of the 1979 cult film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The original Roger Corman-produced musical comedy told the story of a group of rebellious students take over a high school with the help of The Ramones. Winter has recently transitioned into a filmmaker, but it is unclear if he will helm the project, if greenlit. Winter made his feature directorial debut with the 1993 cult classic Freaked. Most recently, Winter directed the Ben 10: Race Against Time television movie.

The project is part of a set of remakes which Stern acquired in 2002, the other being a remake of the teen comedy Porky’s. Stern had said that he was leaning more towards using an established rock group for the upcoming remake, rather than inventing or choosing an unknown band for the film. I think this project will hinge on the musical talent, as the music was such a huge part of the original film. It might also be hard to incorporate a real rock band without it coming off as super cheesy.

source: Variety

Bob Clark

Porky’s and A Christmas Story director Bob Clark and son Ariel were killed in an early morning car accident along a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades.

LAPD investigators said Clark was driving a 1997 Infiniti Q-30 sedan southbound on PCH at about 2:20am when the 24 year old driver of a GMC Yukon swerved and hit Clark’s vehicle head-on.

Bob Clark is best known for making A Christmas Story and Porky’s, but he was also responsible for a series of horror/black comedies in the early 1970’s: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Deathdream, and Dead of Night. For the last ten years the once great director has fallen into directing really bad kid movies: Baby Geniuses, The Karate Dog, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.

A remake of Porky’s is in development by radio shock jock Howard Stern. Clark was also attached to a dark comedy called There Goes the Neighborhood.

24 Hours of A Christmas Story has become a holiday tradition in most homes. I know it has in mine.