Lakeshore Entertainment and MGM have signed on Kevin Tancharoen to make his feature-length directorial debut with Fame, a remake of the kitschy 1980 Alan Parker-directed drama.

According to Variety, just like the original, the updated Fame follows the lives of students who attend an elite school for the performing arts in New York from audition to graduation.

Aside from uncovering new talent with open casting calls that will begin on both coasts within the next month, producers Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi feel they've been given the chance to make a discovery in the director's chair as well.

Tancharoen, 23, has a strong track record as a dancer-choreographer. He directed, co-created and co-produced the MTV series Twentyfourseven and DanceLife and was dance director on the CW series Search for the Next Pussycat Doll. Tancharoen has been the choreographer of music videos and tours for such artists as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson.

Production is set to begin Labor Day.