It has been two decades since the iconic dancing film was seen by dance lovers everywhere. Now Center Stage is heading to a TV near you. Sweet/Vicious creator Jenn Kaytin Robinson announced plans to adapt Center Stage into a TV series, to celebrate the films 20th anniversary. "Could not be more exciting to be developing one of my favorite movies into a series!!!!" Robinson wrote on Twitter. "Center Stage is perfect. Turn on some Jamiroquai and DANCE."
The series will be a modern-day follow up to the 2000 film about a group of students at the American Ballet Academy in NYC. "[The series] follows a new, inclusive class of dancers as they work to stay at the academy and clash against the traditional students and style the ABA is known for," Deadline reported. Robinson is also planning to bring back one of the film's most iconic characters, Cooper Nielson, played by Ethan Stiefel.
InVulture's recent oral history of Center Stage,the film's producer, Laurence Mark, explained that Robinson's project is "the first time there’s [been] a serious effort" to bring the ABA to the small screen.
Even Zoe Saldana, who made her film debut in Center Stage, said that she still gets recognized for Center Stage. "Everybody that comes up to me because they recognize me from things I’ve been in, I would say maybe half of the people reference Center Stage," she told Vulture. "The fact that they’re able to remember it years later makes me feel so good."
It may still be a few until we see this picture on the small screen. But for now you can watch the film on your TV screen, right now on Netflix.
Photo: Columbia Pictures