So I know I’m on permanent remake-watch for some reason, and I realize that I’m supposed to be patently against all of them because they are ruining Hollywood forever and ever and ever, but I just can’t muster up any malice for a remake like this. As our Culture Warrior Landon pointed out last week, there is an interesting phenomenon of elevating camp to new artistic levels going on right now, and I think it could be the case with this film.
Let me qualify that really quickly. Yes, I know that the original Fame won two Oscars (for Best Score and Best Song) and was nominated for four others (including Best Screenplay Written Directly for Screen), but the look of the film hasn’t stood up to stylistic advancements. It’s stuck in the 80s. Plus, I think there’s actually a solid cultural relevancy for a film like this now – the age of fifteen minutes for everyone is coming upon us or already here. It places the struggle of artists – musicians, dancers, actors, etc. – in a different context. If they can harness that context for this film, it will actually be really cool.
In the meantime, check out these images that shine a light on which members of the production are spending more time at the craft services table: