In "I could have sworn they did this already" news, Nigel Lythgoe and MGM Television are gearing up to breathe new life into the 1980s musical "Fame." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "American Idol" producer has high hopes that a modernized reboot of the classic film and television series will generate similar buzz that other musical television series "Glee" and "Nashville" have.
“This is a great opportunity for MGM to partner with world-class producer Nigel Lythgoe, whose unmatched experience with telling the true stories of talented people striving for success will set Fame apart, ” said MGM's president of television and digital Roma Khanna. “We are excited to work with Nigel, Charles and the team to identify a talented writer to create the new Fame; one that reflects the struggles and joys unique to the multitude of aspiring talent today.”
The project is still in the early stage with no writing team or cast as yet, but is said to essentially reflect the core of the original work through a modern lens. The highly successful film gave way to a television series which ran for two seasons on NBC and an additional three in syndication. It revolved around the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, and their respective struggles in chasing their dreams of stardom.
“In my lifetime, I’ve discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals. Some have achieved stardom," Lythgoe added. "Simultaneously, I’ve seen many dreams shattered, egos destroyed and lives changed forever. The end destination may well be fame and fortune, but the road to stardom is littered with broken hearts. I look forward to stripping away the glitter and glamour and revealing the true mixture of passion, humanity, exhaustion and sacrifice that these richly talented individuals endure on their road to Fame.”
A reboot of the 1980 film was met with largely negative reviews and a lukewarm box office. Could a television series fare much better?