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Lionsgate Puts Baby In The Corner Again
With remake of Dirty Dancing

19 August 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: Production Weekly

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Having found the news out from the tiniest of sources Twitter, it seems that Lionsgate is keen to do to Dirty Dancing what Kenny Ortega is currently doing to Footloose.

They are developing the film from a script by Uptown Girls' Julia Dahl - apparently no relation to fantastical children's writer Roald or doe eyed model Sophie.

Messing with the 1987 film's standard is dangerous territory, as it threatens a legion of devoted female fans who had the time of their lives with the movie, with the feeling of  old age. The film has been such a sweeping success throughout the 22 years since it's release. Set in a '60s holiday camp, it glamourised the retro look and propelled snake hipped leading man Patrick Swayze to new heights of fame as dance teacher Johnny Castle and left leading lady Jennifer Grey to never quite escape the ghost of Frances 'Baby' Houseman.

Following the lacking performance of 2004's Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, it is a surprise that Lionsgate is keen to revisit the property, but is should promise a whole new army of dancing fans to join the conga line.

So who should play Johnny and Baby? Disney moppets Zac Efron and Ashley Tisdale? Or more mature 'street' candidates Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan? Decisions, decisions.


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Good Idea, Bad Idea
This is just a really bad idea. Seriously what is with all the remakes? Have all the creative people in Hollywood just decided to up and leave or are they just not bothered anymore. Come up with something new people! Oh and Bates - Baby in the film is not 15. She's going to college in the fall (says so at the start of the film) or joining the Peace Corp which you had to be at least 18 to do so she isn't under age. And while Patrick Swayze was in his 30's doing the film the character was mean More

Posted by Saoirse at 12:54 on 25 August 2009 | Report This Post

Point Break
Thank god we men have point break. More

Posted by bigdave3000 at 22:01 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

.....??????????!
Bastards, if they DARE to make it even a mile near high school musical. It won't happen, there might be a hate campaign..........I might start one!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 21:22 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

STUPID IDEA
I'd really like someone to put the execs at Lionsgate in a corner... and leave them there!!! More

Posted by losthighway at 17:51 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Oh my dearie me
I'm a bloke and even I know this is a bloody awful idea. Which market are they targetting? Men are obviously out. Fans of the original will deem it blasphemous and stay away in droves. Everything that made the original bearable (to most) or wonderful (to some) can't be replicated without driving people to just get the sodding DVD. Cast Zac Efron and you've blown your chances of breaking even. Cast an unknown and you've got Havana Nights all over again. Work in a plot twist with a final dance-off More

Posted by DGener8 at 17:04 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Oh my dearie me
I'm a bloke and even I know this is a bloody awful idea. Which market are they targetting? Men are obviously out. Fans of the original will deem it blasphemous and stay away in droves. Everything that made the original bearable (to most) or wonderful (to some) can't be replicated without driving people to just get the sodding DVD. Cast Zac Efron and you've blown your chances of breaking even. Cast an unknown and you've got Havana Nights all over again. Work in a plot twist with a final dance-off More

Posted by DGener8 at 16:36 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Oh my dearie me
I'm a bloke and even I know this is a bloody awful idea. Which market are they targetting? Men are obviously out. Fans of the original will deem it blasphemous and stay away in droves. Everything that made the original bearable (to most) or wonderful (to some) can't be replicated without driving people to just get the sodding DVD. Cast Zac Efron and you've blown your chances of breaking even. Cast an unknown and you've got Havana Nights all over again. Work in a plot twist with a final dance-off More

Posted by DGener8 at 16:21 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Re: thanks!
Bates you have made more sense in just a few lines than most people do their entire lives! I couldnt agree with you more. The original is utter, 100%, full blown, total fairy tale, over romanticised, over watched piece of guff ive ever been subjected to! Not to mention the films blatent support of chasing jail bait! If it wasnt for the fact that woman are evil geniuses who use sex as leverage no man would ever agree to watch this film let alone a sodding re-make! Hollywood has finally reached th More

Posted by Web Head at 15:42 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

thanks!
Another film that Im going to be forced to watch over and over again! The origional has been the bane of my existance ever since i took interest in girls! A shit film about a bloke in his 30's perving over a 15 year old girl. Nobody puts baby in a corner? bollocks, she's 15 her dad CAN put her in any bloddy corner he likes, Nonce! More

Posted by Bates at 15:08 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

i havent even got a vagina and i think this is a bad idea. More

Posted by bigdog1000 at 14:53 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Eurgh!
Dirty Dancing is a horrible example to women. It's about an under age girl who cops off with a red coat at Butlins! Do we really want that for our daughters? Again? Why don't they go whole hog and re-do Pretty Woman, the one about the girl who is attractive and intelligent but still can't look after herself, resorts to becoming a prossy (why? she seems clever enough to work a till!) and then totally gives up on herself with the notion that she will never have anything unless a rich gerbil-bother More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:35 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

oh dear
it's official. Hollywood has run out of new ideas More

Posted by dob69 at 13:35 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Have they not learnt?
Lionsgate should step well away from Dirty Dancing. If they are just following the footsteps of Hairspray and the upcoming Footloose remake, they are just going to find themselves out of pocket. There is a reason why Havana Nights failed - Lionsgate should leave Baby in the corner and back in the 80s!! More

Posted by GuitarGal_China at 13:10 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

NOOOOO
say it isn't so! God, they'll probably put Hilary Duff in it.... THIS IS A BAD IDEA! More

Posted by Helenaskham at 11:31 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Lionsgate....
....step away from Dirty Dancing!!!!!! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 10:44 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Why not
With High School Musical being as popular as it is it you could probably make tons of cash by sticking some floppy haired teen in it instead of Patrick Swayze, who I doubt the youth of today find teh sexeh. More

Posted by UTB at 09:10 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

Don't do it!
I've just forwarded this story on to a female friend of mine, and mentioned it to another female in the office, and I'm sure if I mentioned it to millions more the response would be the same...Lionsgate...what the hell are you thinking?!!! Why do some studio's insist on remaking films that should just be left alone?! More

Posted by Sharpie69 at 08:59 on 19 August 2009 | Report This Post

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