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No One’s Having the Time of Their Life: ‘Dirty Dancing’ Reboot Put on Hold

Artisan Entertainment

First ‘G.I, Joe: Retaliation‘ is yanked from release. Then ‘47 Ronin‘ and ‘World War Z‘ are pushed back. And now it looks like…hold your tears…the ‘Dirty Dancing‘ reboot has been put on ice.

Yes, that’s correct: Deadline reports that a remake of the 1987 semi-classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, originally slated for release in July 2013, has been shelved until at least 2014, if not indefinitely. The reason? Casting issues. Apparently they just couldn’t find anyone who could match the moves of the late Swayze, we reckon.

The studio seemed pretty excited when it announced the project last year, saying in a statement, “The new film is a celebration of one of the most beloved movies of all time. Paying tribute to the emotional excitement of first love, the thrills and complexity of sexual awakening, the soul stirring power of dance, and the classic tale of teenage Baby’s forbidden romance with Johnny Castle, the remake will incorporate classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and brand new compositions.”

Or not. Kenny Ortega, who was a choreographer on the original film, was set to direct the remake, but it’s unknown whether he’ll stick around at this point. Perhaps if ‘Rock of Ages‘ takes off at the box office next week, Lionsgate will start the music again for ‘Dirty Dancing,’ but until then, all we’ll hear from this project is silence.

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