Lionsgate Puts Baby
In A Corner

Lionsgate's planned remake of the beloved teen romance Dirty Dancing has hit a snag. Casting hasn't gone as smoothly as hoped, and so the studio has pushed back the film's release date by almost a year.

Dirty Dancing

You’ll have to wait a little while longer to have the “Time of Your Life” all over again.

Lionsgate has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that it is postponing its planned reboot of the classic teenage romance Dirty Dancing until an unspecified date in 2014.

The remake originally was scheduled for July 26, 2013, but casting issues were credited with causing the delay, according to Deadline.

Understandably. Original Dirty cast mates Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey created massive Dancing shoes to fill. It’s unclear if the studio wants relative newcomers to emerge from the casting pool or if they’d like to tap proven talents. Either way, it’s going to be difficult to make audiences forget the original performances by the memorable leads.

EW, in its report, runs through casting options. They say Glee star Lea Michele, Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky, and Trespass’ Liana Liberato are possible contenders for the role of Baby, a well-to-do daughter who falls for a dancer at her family’s summer resort. As for Johnny, EW says male leads range from Nashville Star standout Justin Gaston, Brothers & Sisters’ star Luke Grime and Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough (who, ironically, won a season of the reality competition with Dirty star Grey as his partner).

Little else will change with the reboot, according to EW. High School Musical choreographer Kenny Ortega, who recently helmed the Michael Jackson concert film This Is It, will direct the Dancing reboot, while Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk will write the screenplay with Maria Maggenti.

Image courtesy of Vestron Pictures

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Comments on "Dirty Dancing remake delayed until 2014"

ashley thibodeau January 31, 2014 | 3:21 PM

i think the couple in dirty dancing havana nights diego luna and romola garai were great couple in that movie. they would make a great cuple in the third one as well

Tina December 05, 2013 | 9:04 PM

I think if it absolutely necessary to remake this movie they need to use Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. They did an awesome job in Step Up!! Personally I dont like all the remakes. Leave the classics alone and make something new!!

Terri October 13, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Derek Hough is an adult "Dennnis the Menace" who can move his body like no other man. Darling personality, and has shown he can handle any age or size women on Dancing with the Stars and make them feel like a million bucks.

Lauranne August 12, 2013 | 4:08 AM

These remakes that have appeared in the past few years are ridiculous. Nowadays, films aren't lost like they were in the very beginning, so even if a movie is not from this decade, it is still available and appreciated. The remakes of Footloose and Fame were ok at best, and Dirty Dancing will only follow that. Even Godzilla is being remade, but what for? It wasn't even good to begin with (which might explain why they're trying to make it better). Musicals aren't big Marvel or DC franchises that constantly demand/need a reboot to make the characters more attractive. And there's plenty of scope to make sequels and prequels if really you want to revive a classic.

anita April 07, 2013 | 10:28 AM

The only way I see it working is if they get the casting right. Personally I can't imagine an equally good lead as Channing Tatum in the role of Johnny. And then cast the role of Baby with who he has the most chemistry with.

Katrinka March 05, 2013 | 5:17 PM

I think Liana Liberato and Luke Grime would be a great pair for this movie, but Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze where so awsome, I agree with Emma, no matter how much you try with remaking this movie the only people who CAN remake the passion (and possible make it better) of Dirty Dancing is Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze themselves.

Emma June 13, 2012 | 8:29 AM

This remake shouldn't be delayed, it should be canceled. There is no way this is going to be a success. The film is such a classic, there is no way to separate that from what would be on screen today and it could never compare to the chemistry and magic that Swayze and Grey had on screen!

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