'Idol' Producer Nigel Lythgoe to Reboot Famed Movie Musical for Small Screen Deadline
Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," will bring a version of the feature film “Fame” to the small screen as a TV series, Deadline.com reports.
Lythgoe will serve as executive producer on the MGM Television project, which is based on the 1980 Alan Parker film and a 1982 NBC television series.
According to the producers, instead of a remake, this "Fame" will be a reimagining of the original source material, in keeping with the spirit of the earlier productions. It will be current, focusing on young people who, as part of a new world of celebrity, have plentiful access to media thanks to the Internet.
In a statement, Roma Khanna, president of Television and Digital for MGM, said, “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.”