For a little while now, Lionsgate was deeply committed to remaking the romance fueled classic Dirty Dancing for a new generation. In fact, everything seemed on track as the company set a release date for next summer in the hopes it could be a tentpole for the studio. However since then, Lionsgate has taken prime focus on its upcoming Hunger Games franchise while also managing the releases of The Expendables 2 and recently acquired Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. Now it seems that the studio has been so busy and development has slowed so much on the project that Baby has been put into a corner for the time being.
Deadline reports that Lionsgate has officially put its remake ofDirty Dancing on hold, moving from July 2013 to a date that has yet to be determined. The fact a release is unclear is certainly not a good sign, meaning the project has effectively been shelved for the time being.
It’s unclear just where the script currently lies, as Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk was hired to pen the feature. Then again, Falchuk is currently busy not only leading the writers room onGlee as they prep for their fourth season, but also co-writing on American Horror Story‘s second year. In addition to this, it’s unclear whether or not Falchuk will be included in Murphy’s new NBC comedy The New Normal, which will begin to air this fall. Murphy has taken on the role of showrunner for all three series, which Falchuk shares with him on Glee and AHS. It’s likely that due to Murphy’s busy schedule, some responsibility is falling more on Falchuk’s shoulders, causing him to fill up his schedule.
Kenny Ortega is currently attached to direct the remake, and served as the choreographer on the original Dirty Dancing. It’s also unclear if the film will lose Ortega at the helm due to this delay, but it’s certainly a possibility. No casting has yet gone underway for the film, and Lionsgate is said to release the film at the very earliest in 2014.