Dirty Dancing, an adaptation of the hit movie toplined by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, is heading to the small screen. ABC has set a three-hour remake starring Abigail Breslin (Scream Queens, Little Miss Sunshine) as Baby. The project, from Lionsgate TV, is expected to get a formal green light contingent on one more casting.
ABC’s production will not be live like Fox’s staging of Grease but in the vein of that network’s planned filmed remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Like the 1987 movie, the new Dirty Dancing centers on Baby (Breslin), an innocent young woman in the early 1960’s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskill Mountains and falls for the resort’s working-class dance instructor. The role was played by Grey in the original.
Executive produced by Allison Shearmur (Lionsgate’s Hunger Games franchise) and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, Dirty Dancing was adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer (Scream Queens), with Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) set to direct and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who most recently choreographed the hit Broadway musical Hamilton on board as choreographer.
The rest of the production team includes: Adam Anders and Judy Cairo (producers), Stephen Altman (Production Designer) Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (music).
Lionsgate had been looking to exploit Dirty Dancing, one of the titles in the company’s library. There was a feature reboot in the works with Kenny Ortega attached to direct, which was put on hold in 2012. A re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004. On TV, there was previously a short-lived Dirty Dancing series in 1988.
Breslin is repped by CAA and Beth Cannon at Envision Entertainment. Sharzer is repped CAA. Blair is repped by UTA.