Former Pop Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has teamed up with MGM Television to re-imagine hit 80’s film and TV series Fame for the reality-obsessed era.
The TV series ran for six seasons and told the story of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. The film was remade in 2009.
In a statement the studio said the new series would expose “the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom and the often lofty price paid for success.”
Lythgoe will serve as Executive Producer on the project, along with Kary McHoul, president of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, Charles Segars, National Treasure creator and founder of Segars Media, and Chad Gutstein.
“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,” said Roma Khanna, President Television and Digital at MGM.
“In my lifetime, I’ve discovered a great many incredibly talented individuals. Some have achieved stardom. Simultaneously, I’ve seen many dreams shattered, egos destroyed and lives changed forever,” added Lythgoe.
“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.”