It was almost a year ago that MGM broke the news that they were planning on updating the classic musical, Fame. Now Varietyreports that MGM has finally hired Search for the Next Pussycat Doll dance director Kevin Tancheron to helm the remake. You might remember that back in May, sources had Andy Fickman signed to direct. I guess experience won out in the end, and producers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi decided to go with someone who really knows their way around a 'pas de deux'.

The story will still take place in the famed New York High School of Performing Arts, and follow a group of students from auditions to graduation day. Part of why Fame stood out as one of my favorite musicals was that it was a bit grittier than your usual song and dance flick. Not everyone looked like a supermodel, and characters dealt with drug problems, abortions, and coercion into porn -- not exactly what you expect from a story about singing and dancing teens.

Casting has not started yet for the film, but open calls are already being arranged on both coasts. Tancheron might not have much directing experience, but he seems to have a soft spot in his heart for the story. Tancheron told Variety, "I grew up in this world; the characters in Fame are me and my best friends. I was the dancer with the number on my chest, I was the choreographer watching my friends dance, and then I produced and directed dancers." Since a remake is inevitable, I guess fans can take solace in the fact that at least it's no longer the guy who made She's the Man at the wheel.
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