The remake of Dirty Dancing is on the fast track for production this summer, but we haven’t really had any concrete news in terms of development. There haven’t been any casting revelations as of late, and with the months slowly winding down, it seems Lionsgate is more focused with their Hunger Games and Twilight franchises than this one. Now, they’ve truly made a major step forward today by hiring an all-new writer. However, this may mean the film will have to be pushed from its now set released date.
Variety reports that Brad Falchuk, who is the co-creator of Gleewith Ryan Murphy, has been hired to write an all-new draft of the remake. This draft will replace Maria Maggenti’s script handed into the studio, which apparently director Kenny Ortega and Lionsgate weren’t pleased with.
The remake will seek to ”incorporate classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and brand new compositions.” Bringing songs into a story? Certainly seems like Falchuk’s niche. Whether or not he’ll be successful will certainly be something to watch, but it seems like it’ll all work out in the end. Where the studio should really be concerned will be with whether or not Falchuk can finish the script in time for production. He has a good two to three months until the filming begins, but with no set cast yet, Lionsgate really has to get a move on here.
Dirty Dancing is already set for release on July 26th, 2013, but it’s unclear just if Lionsgate will push the release due to this latest development. It certainly seems as if the studio is keeping the film on track, but if Ortega feels he needs extra time in the editing room, or even if the filming is delayed, it’s likely to get an extra push.
Besides co-creating Glee, Falchuk also co-created the horror drama hit American Horror Story alongside Ryan Murphy, along with the six season FX drama Nip/Tuck. He’s also been nominated for two WGA awards for his work on Glee.