The original movie made Gene Anthony Ray a star and Irene Cara a bigger star. Now, thanks in part to an industry that hasn't really had an original idea since the Great Depression, Lakeshore Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Pictures are teaming up to resurrect "Fame."
The new "Fame," which will be released next fall, will also feature Debbie Allen, who played a dance instructor in the original 1980 film and the ensuing television series. Joining Allen will be Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth. All will be playing instructors at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City.
"Fame" follows a group of dancers, singers, actors and artists over four years from auditions to graduation. Allen will oversee the staff as Principal Simms; Dutton, will play acting teacher Alvin Dowd; Mullally is set to play voice instructor Fran Rowan; Grammer will play orchestra maestro Joel Cranston; Neuwirth will play ballerina turned dance maven Lynn Kraft.