'Scream Queens' actress Abigail Breslin will step into Jennifer Grey's shoes as Baby
Classic ’80s romcom Dirty Dancing is being remade as a TV movie musical.
Little Miss Sunshine and Scream Queens star Abigail Breslin will step into Jennifer Grey’s shoes as Baby, but the role of Johnny Castle, originally played by the late Patrick Swayze, has yet to be cast.
Former Glee songwriters Adam Anders and Peer Astrom are handling the music for the TV remake, which is being directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).
The new Dirty Dancing TV movie will air on US network ABC, Variety reports. Rather than taking place live like recent TV versions of Grease and Peter Pan, it will be shot ahead of broadcast.
The original Dirty Dancing film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey became a huge hit in 1987, grossing $214 million (£141 million) at cinemas worldwide from an estimated budget of just $6 million (£4 million). The original song ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, performed by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, later won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
Dirty Dancing was adapted into a successful stage show in 2004 by Eleanor Bergstein, writer of the original film. The same year, a big screen “reimagining” of the film called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights opened in cinemas to poor reviews and disappointing box office receipts.