Metal Lords: People are comparing Netflix’s new comedy to School Of Rock

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11 Apr 2022, 11:19

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Any fans of heavy metal music and high school nostalgia will probably be a fan of Netflix’s latest quirky comedy. 

The streaming giant has just released Metal Lords onto the platform, and it’s already being compared to Jack Black’s early noughties iconic movie School Of Rock. 

The beloved 2003 flick saw Jack Black teach a class of private school kids how to rock out, and Metal Lords isn’t too far away from the iconic hit.

Metal Lords follows Hunter, played by Adrian Greensmith, and his best friend (Jaeden Martell), who both want to start up a post death metal band, despite being up against the pop music bands at their school. 

While missing a bassist, in comes Emily, played by Isis Hainsworth, who plays the cello, and suddenly their chance of winning a battle of the bands becomes a reality. 

So think teen angst, friendships challenged and loud metal music to boot!

The new comedy is made by the producers behind Harold and Kumar and Game of Thrones, D.B Weiss and David Benioff, and is the first project they’ve made for the streaming service. 

Fans took to social media to share their love of another nostalgia hit, with one commenting: “Just finished watching #MetalLords. I bloody loved it. Its daft, kinda like a modern School of Rock but more entertaining IMO.”

Another wrote: “Metal Lords feels like a spiritual sequel to Linklater’s School of Rock and I enjoyed it immensely,” while a third said: “Almost like School of Rock but much more metal (and the language is very metal, especially for a US teen movie), the kids liked it though.”

When Metal Lords was first announced, producer D.B. Weiss revealed he started writing the script while working on Game of Thrones. 

Weiss told Billboard: “When David and I started working on the Thrones process around 2006, I figured the plan was, if and when Thrones fell apart— which seemed likely— I’ll go and do my metal movie with Greg [Shapiro - Harold and Kumar producer].

“Thirteen years later, I was talking to Greg and he said, ‘Let’s do Metal Lords.’ In the interim, he had won an Academy Award for The Hurt Locker and had produced Zero Dark Thirty and all the Harold and Kumar movies.

"He had done everything from art-house stuff to action to comedy, and I was like, ‘You have an Academy Award, dude. You don’t have to produce movies about metal kids.’ But he wanted to make it anyway, so we took it to Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura. Lisa worked for Island Records for years and is a serious music person, so she got it right out of the gate.”

Metal Lords is out on Netflix now.