The 1980 Alan Parker MGM musical film already spawned a television series and spin-off, a stage musical, a reality TV competition series, and a 2009 film. But MGM apparently isn’t through with Fame yet.
The studio’s TV arm is teaming with American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, to launch a scripted series based on the original film, and previous TV series.
The producers are calling it a re-imagining of the first film and TV series. Here’s how they describe this reboot:
Set against the backdrop of today’s unprecedented access to the world of celebrity, it will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom.
So, unlike the original, this new TV series probably won’t follow the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
Also, no word on whether it’ll include a mix of drama and music, like the original.
Serving as executive producers on the upcoming project will be Nigel Lythgoe Productions president Kary McHoul, Lythgoe himself, Segars Media’s Charles Segars and Chad Gutstein.
The popularity of the first TV series, in the early 1980s, led to several hit records and live concert tours by the cast. It ran for 6 seasons, won a number of Emmy awards. Of note, Debbie Allen, who had a small role in the original 1980 film, but played a major character in the TV series that followed, was nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, 4 years in a row; but she never won.
She was also nominated several times for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, which she won twice. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical.
Might we see “re-imagined” versions of Coco (Irene Cara), Leroy (Gene Anthony Ray), and all the other notables?