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Refilmagem do musical "Fama" começa nesta quarta

A refilmagem do musical "Fama", cuja estréia nos cinemas está prevista para setembro de 2009, começa amanhã, sob as ordens do diretor e coreógrafo americano Kevin Tancharoen, informa hoje a imprensa americana.

O remake segue o roteiro do filme original, que acompanhava os passos de um grupo de jovens artistas que vai para Nova York estudar e tentar a fama.

 

A nova versão terá no elenco Debbie Allen, que atuou na série de TV inspirada no longa e lançada nos anos 80 sob a direção de Alan Parker, além dos atores Charles S. Dutton ("A Fortuna de Cookie"), Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") e Bebe Neuwirth ("Prova Final").

 

Grammer, também conhecido por seu papel na série de TV "Cheers", dará vida a um diretor de orquestra, enquanto Allen será a diretora da escola.

 

Na refilmagem, também estão os jovens Paul McGill ("A Chorus Line") e Naturi Naughton, que apareceu em "Hairspray", outro musical revisitado por Hollywood.

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Achei esse artigo da Variety bem interessante:

 

'Fame' remake cuts own path

Contemporary issues blend with classic themes

By STEFFIE NELSON

 

The electrifying spectacle of Coco, Leroy and the rest of the "Fame" gang dancing on top of a New York City

taxi cab circa 1980 may indeed "live forever" in our memories, but the

2009 incarnation, in theaters Sept. 25, is no cookie-cutter remake. In

fact, with the exception of the setting -- New York's High School of

Performing Arts; two original songs (the title track and the piano

ballad "Out Here on My Own"); and the presence of Debbie Allen, who's been promoted to principal -- the film has been completely reinvented.

Some may cry sacrilege: No "Hot Lunch Jam"? No "I Sing the Body Electric"?! That's right, say director Kevin Tancharoen and Lakeshore senior VP Brian McNelis,

who oversaw the film's music (Lakeshore released the soundtrack today).

Not that they didn't consider every option, but certain elements just

didn't hold up.

"It was really hard getting back to 'macaroni and

baloney, gimme hot lunch,'" says McNelis about the famous cafeteria jam

scene. "Thirty years ago, that probably was leading edge. That wasn't

going to work for us."

In today's version, the kids in the

lunchroom pull samplers and laptops out of their backpacks and stage a

rap-off. But overall, the film is still closer to the gritty original

than to something like "High School Musical." For first-time feature director Tancharoen, who counts Bob Fosse

among his heroes, authenticity was key. "I didn't want to have cartoon

characters and I didn't want to set them in a candy-colored world," he

says. "You should see the sweat on the mirrors. You should see the

paint chipping on the walls."

He also had to stay true to his

time, and that meant updating the storylines. "I don't believe I could

have told the story about Leroy, a poor black kid who can't read," he

explains. "If you go to a performing arts school, that story doesn't

exist anymore, thank God!"

One crucial element was carried over

from the original, and that's the pairing of unknown talents with

A-list music writers and producers. "You can't make a movie about

teenagers who want to be famous and cast superstars," Tancharoen

asserts. "With a movie like this, why not make stars?"

Naturi Naughton, who played Li'l Kim in the Biggie Smalls biopic "Notorious,"

has been touted by many as a performer whose moment has arrived. "How

she's not signed to a major label blows my mind," exclaims McNelis. "If

you put her in front of a microphone and nothing else, you get

religion."

Fittingly, Naughton as classical pianist-turned-pop

singer Denise performs the iconic title song. Taking his role as

reinventor very seriously, the tune's producer Raney Shockne kept the

same melody but contemporized it with a heavier beat and a rap section

in one version that Damian Elliot produced. "Obviously, that song is

embedded in American culture," says Shockne. "I didn't want to

ostracize anybody with that track."

James Poyser, whose R&B pedigree includes working with Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Al Green, was brought in to write two new songs, "Get on the Floor" and "Can't Hide From Love," for Naughton and rapper Collins Pennie (Malik); hitmakers the Matrix produced the ballad "Try," sung by Asher Book (Marco). "I think Asher is amazing," says Matrix member Lauren Christy. "He's probably gonna be a big heartthrob."

The Matrix

also produced the graduation number "Hold Your Dream," the replacement

for the original gospel-tinged finale "I Sing the Body Electric,"

fusing orchestral music, African tribal drums, gospel and pop.

"The

bar was set really high by the original filmmakers," acknowledges

McNelis, "and I was really blessed to have the people at the Matrix

help us match that."

 

 

 

 

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