Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but that hasn’t stopped Lionsgate from shelving its proposed Dirty Dancing remake.
Shocking, we know.
The problem? Well, according to Deadline snoops, the studio and director Kenny Ortega are finding it much tought than anticipated to recast the roles of Baby and Johnny — parts immortalized by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the 1987 original.
Whispers of a Dirty remake first surfaced in 2009 — that’s when Lionsgate commissioned Uptown Girls writer Julia Dahl to pen a script. It took two years, but Dahl finally cranked out the necessary copy.
Ortega promised cinema fans the chance to “Have the Time of Your Life” all over again. After all, he choreographed the original film and also worked on Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film, This Is It. He vowed that his remake would incorporate classic songs from the 1960s and hits from the first Dancing.
“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me. Growing up in the 60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist…Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Dirty Dancing has been reworked for the silver screen. In 2004, the movie was the subject of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, an ill-received prequel that featured a cameo by Swayze. In 2010, Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights made it’s debut straight-to-DVD.
The movie is off the Lionsgate schedule until at least 2014. Any thoughts on who could play a convincing Baby and Johnny? Justin Timberlake and Lea Michele perhaps?