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.