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Fame’s Rookie Director Kevin Tancharoen Plans a Sci-Fi Epic

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Before directing the upcoming remake of Alan Parker’s 1980 hit Fame, Kevin Tancharoen was a dancer in You Got Served. He has also choreographed and directed videos for the likes of Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls. So it’s easy to see the progression to Fame, a movie that is one big song and dance.

I tell you that to tell you this. Tancharoen told the guys at Moviehole this week that he’s already working on his sophomore directorial effort — a science fiction film that calls back to Blade Runner, The Warriors and all the way back to 300. No really, check out this quote:

Arcana is a unique blend of the graphic-novel backdrop – like Blade Runner – and shot like 300, and has a little bit of Warriors mixed in there, with a little bit of martial arts, so it’s got a lot of crazy elements in there. It’s going to be really cool.”

He is working off of a script from John Ridley, who recently wrote the script for Red Tails, the George Lucas-produced World War II adventure about the Tuskegee Airmen. Brett Ratner is on to produce, with Universal putting up the funds for distribution.

Sounds like an interesting idea, but Tancharoen is a real wild card. He is yet to actually release a film as a director, making it impossible to predict how Arcana will go. Based on trailers, Fame looks better than expected, but we’re not working from much footage. The concept behind the film sounds cool in general, even if it is highly derivative. I suppose we’ll see how it goes…

What do you think of the concept behind Arcana?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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