Rummage through those drawers for your leg warmers, and get ready for an 80’s flashback because they are remaking Fame. Not content to screw up Teenage Mutuant Ninja Turtles, Fraggle Rock and the Karate Kid MGM is doing a remake of Fame to be released September 2009.
It has been announced the do over will star Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, and Bebe Neuwirth for the roles of instructors and supervisors in the upcoming “Fame” remake.
Production begins this week with director Kevin Tancharoen who is most famous for directing music videos and tours for Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.
Like the 1980’s classic, the remake follows dancers, singers, actors and artists from auditions to graduation at the New York City High School of Performing Arts.
Art imitate life imitating art or something like that as Mullally’s a graduate of the School of American Ballet and will portray a voice instructor; Grammer, who attended Juilliard, will play an orchestra maestro; Dutton, a graduate of Yale School of Drama, will portray an acting teacher; Neuwirth, a Tony winner, will play a dance instructor.
Debbie Allen, who made her debut in the original “Fame,” has been cast as the school’s principal so presumably she will have ring side tickets to just how bad the new version is.
Thomas Dekker will play Marco, Paul Iacono will be Neil, Kristy Flores is the new Rosie and Naturi Naughton is the new Denise.