Dirty Dancing is a 1980s classic that is still universally loved by the generation who watched it when it came out, as well as the many younger ones who have discovered it via home video or the internet. A movie no one expected much of, it became a smash hit that earned millions and cemented Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as major stars.
After a prequel and a stage version, in 2011 it was announced that there would be a Dirty Dancing remake, but production stalled and was rescheduled several times, before finally being canceled. Finally, television network ABC picked up the rights for the film and is going to produce it in the form of a television musical due to air on the 24th of May 2017.
Abigail Breslin will take on the role of Baby and Colt Prattes will play Johnny. Recently, a series of behind-the-scenes shots were released, so take a sneak-peak to get a feel for the remake of your favorite motion picture.
The remake promises to stay true to the original storyline and keep the spirit of the 1987 film
Katey Sagal will be playing Vivian Pressman
Modern Family star Sarah Hyland will be playing Lisa Houseman
Nicole Scherzinger is going to play Penny
Debra Messing from Will & Grace will be playing Marjorie Houseman
The film will be choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler and Luis Salgado
Clocking at three hours, it will be much longer in comparison to the original which had a running time of 100 minutes
Many fans are curious whether Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes will manage to recreate the chemistry that Swayze and Grey had in the original
According to the photographs from their practice sessions, it seems like they are definitely giving it a go
People living in the Hendersonville area in North Carolina where filming took place were involved as crew members, extras and dancers
The locals were also invited to provide cars from the 1960s in order to add authenticity to some of the scenes
It has been estimated the movie created approximately 1,225 jobs, including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 crew positions in support of the project
Debra Messing, who plays Frances’s mother, says fans of the original who always wondered what happened to Baby and Johnny will almost certainly want to tune in, if only to find out what happened next
“This isn’t a replica of the original. This takes some liberties,” she recently told People Magazine. “It has the DNA of the original, but you are going to find out what happened to Baby and Johnny after that summer ended.”
The new Dirty Dancing poster was recently shared by Entertainment Weekly. Counting days now!