Monday, April 6, 2009
If you answered "remake of Fame," you're right. Oh, sorry — it's not a remake. It's a "reinvention" of Alan Parker's 1980 movie about teenagers attending Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts, a highly competitive, specialized public school that combined academic studies with training in music, dance and acting.
For those of you who don't remember, here's the original Fame trailer. Oh, and check out that goofy looking redheaded kid playing the guitar: He first appears around the 1:50 mark and, a few seconds later, delivers the line that prompts the "Hot Lunch" number. Do you recognize him? Here's a hint: He starred in a popular show that just went off the air after 15 years. Wow, that blows my mind. I was on set before the first episode aired.... anyway, trailer.
Even with a hint, bet you didn't guess that was [Paul McCrane -- see below] of ER, back when he had hair and looked about 12 years old, though he was closer to 18.
Curiously, the shots of school interiors in the teaser trailer look exactly like the old High School of Performing Arts building at 120 West 46th Street, which hasn't been the "Fame School" since 1984. Students now attend the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which is house in a newer building and located behind Lincoln Center, on Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street.
Here's the new trailer, featuring a reworking of the theme song that Irene Cara made into a hit:
On top of everything else, quite the little object lesson in how trailers have changed, isn't it? In any event, the reinvented Fame will be in theaters in September.