Nigel Lythgoe’s ‘Fame’ Reboot Headed to Lifetime

The “American Idol” and “SYYYCD” producer will revive the 1980s series about students at a performing arts high school

A remake of the TV series “Fame” is in development at Lifetime, TheWrap has confirmed.

The re-imagining of the hit 1980 movie and popular television series will focus on a group of adults struggling to balance the high pressures of life at a performing arts college with the trials of their personal lives.

MGM Television announced in 2012 that Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” will re-imagine “Fame” as a new, scripted series.

Lythgoe will executive produce alongside Chad Gutstein and Charles Segars. “Gossip Girl” and “Quantico” producer Josh Safran will also write and executive produce the show.

A&E Studios and MGM are partnering up for the remake, which is based on the series that ran on NBC from 1982-1987. It starred Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, and Gene Anthony Ray.

MGM has had success in adapting previous film titles into television. The studio previously adapted “Stargate” into a series and subsequent spinoffs. It has also produced “Fargo” with FX and the MTV series “Teen Wolf.”