Thomas Dekker Joins Big Screen Fame Remake
by Alex Billington
September 30, 2008
From Hairspray to Mamma Mia to Fame. The next big musical headed to the big screen that's bound to be a big success is Fame, originally a 1980 musical conceived and produced by David De Silva. Thomas Dekker, from "Heroes" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", is the first big name actor to join the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in February for a late 2009 release. Dekker will play Marco, a working-class kid with some gnarly acting chops who is competing with thousands of other hopefuls to get into and survive an elite New York public high school for the arts. Any fans of the original film out there?
I'm a fan of some musicals and will probably give Fame a chance. The revamp is being produced by Mark Canton and Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment with a $25 million budget. The adaptation was written by Allison Burnett and will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen, an experienced choreographer and director who was worked on TV shows, music videos, and concert performances. I'm sure we can expect this to be full of energy and excitement, on top of a lot of singing. I'm not familiar with the original 1980 film, but I guess with High School Musical being such a huge success, Fame will probably play well, too.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Yes! This is the best new I heard ever! Nearly as hyped for this as I am for Confessions of a Shopaholic. I bet they make it 'dark', like Dark Knight 'dark', all the kids will be smoking crack and going crazy.
Crapola on Sep 30, 2008
I sense sarcasm in Crapola's post. Alot of sarcasm! I hate all these remakes. They should just leave films alone and create new ones (seems so obvious but its true).
Marcus on Sep 30, 2008
OMG! If I have to hear that song one more time....."FAME , I'm gonna live forever" I really will puke. I finally got it out of my head since it has been since 1980. What the hell is next? Freak'n Mork and Mindy...The Musical? ALF on Broadway? Welcome Back Kotter: The Beginning?
D-9 on Sep 30, 2008
The Real Alex on Sep 30, 2008
The horror....The horror....
Roy on Sep 30, 2008
NO!! That movie was gay then and will still be gay and any MALE who likes it is gay!! Yeah you Dan Link!! You chicken molestor!!
Peter Griffin on Sep 30, 2008
That's great, pick the perfect example of how the estrogen-ization of our food and environment have transformed a generation of human males into weak, gay-leaning, milktoasty, liberal mush-minded tiny testicled fawn-like delicate boy-things. Thomas Dekker is so glaringly wrong out of his element playing a guy role, well except as a weak, gay-leaning, milktoasty, liberal mush-minded tiny testicled fawn-like delicate boy-thing. Yeah, perfect casting.
RandyG on Sep 30, 2008
#7. Your ignorance amuses me. Well done.
Red Buttons on Sep 30, 2008
there are moments in the original 'fame' i really enjoy - but overall it's junk. maybe one of the worst endings to a film ever. the film has a lot of problems, so i am not that upset about a remake, though i fear it will be too glitzy for it's own good and aimed at idiots who watch 'the hills.' that said, i hope i am wrong b/c there's a really good musical movie in there waiting to be produced. so we'll see...
jeff on Sep 30, 2008
I didn't see FAME per se but I did catch ANYTHING FOR FAME the porno about the all girl dance troop using there special skills to get to nationals, and if this remake is anything like that one I'm there.
what ever on Sep 30, 2008
The original "Fame" was a very very good movie because they incorporated authentic characters you could identify with in this New York school of arts. I don't understand why a remake of
Conrad on Oct 1, 2008
GO THOMAS!!!!!!! you're so handsome.
Kiera on Oct 3, 2008
I have no place to judge since I haven't seen the original, but I do love Heroes and the Sarah Connor Chronicles, so I'll give it a shot.
Daniel on Oct 4, 2008
Hey Thomas, this is your cousin, Susan! Great to hear your awesome news. Way to go and break a leg!!!
Susan on Jul 9, 2009
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