"Smash" Showrunner at the Forefront of "Fame" Reboot for Lifetime

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"Smash" showrunner Joshua Safran will pen the script for the A+E Studios and MGM Television reboot of "Fame," which has been picked up by Lifetime, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The drama will reimagine the 1980 movie, which starred Debbie Allen (and followed the lives of students at the New York High School of Performing Arts), and subsequent NBC TV series. The reboot will follow artists in the making as they navigate performing arts school.

Safran ("Gossip Girl"), who was recently announced as a participant in the first-ever BroadwayCon, will also executive produce alongside Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance," "American Idol"), Chad Gutstein and Charles Segars.

Plans for a "Fame" reboot were first announced in August 2012, however the project has just entered its early stages of development. MGM Television and A+E Studios produce.

Get to know more about Safran in this Playbill.com feature, published when he took over as the showrunner in charge of the daily operations at "Smash."

A stage version of "Fame" ran Off-Broadway at the Little Shubert Theatre on 42nd Street from 2003 to 2004.

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