American Idol Producer to Revamp ‘Fame’

There’s been a film, a TV series, a TV spin-off, a musical, a musical spin-off and a another film, but now Fame is returning to its origins after it was confirmed that Nigel Lythgoe will be helming another remake of the TV series.

The producer responsible for American Idol will be teaming up with MGM TV to develop another version of the musical series. But while the original centred around New York performing arts students trying to make it big in 80s America, the revamp will be a modern tale which plays on the celebrity-obsessed and reality television-driven world we now live in.

“The series will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom and the often lofty price paid for success,” said MGM in a statement.

Lythgoe – who is also a judge on talent show So You Think You Can Dance – went on to explain that the premise comes from his personal experience.

“In my lifetime, I’ve discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals – some have acheived stardom.”

“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.”

One of the show’s original stars Debbie Allen also told TVGuide magazine that she’s delighted with the news..

“It’s a great idea. Nigel talked to me about it about six months ago, maybe longer. He’s been trying to get these rights for a while… He’s great, such an incredible advocate for the dance world. He cut his teeth on Fame back in the day, so I think it’s terrific.”