Lionsgate TV is putting together a three-hour “TV event” musical remake of the 1987 teen classic “Dirty Dancing”. Though the project is a “musical event”, it will NOT be a live adaptation along the lines of the just aired “The Wiz Live,” the mega-rating “The Sound of Music Live” or FOX’s upcoming live takes on “Grease” and “Rocky Horror”.
“Little Miss Sunshine” and “Scream Queens” star Abigail Breslin will take on the role of Baby in the project, the role Jennifer Grey made famous in the original. No word on who’ll take on the male lead role made famous by the late Patrick Swayze.
The story follows an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskill Mountains and falls for the resort’s working-class dance instructor.
Allison Shearmur and Eleanor Bergstein, who penned the screenplay for the original, will executive produce the TV adaptation. Wayne Blair, who helmed the Australian musical drama “The Sapphires,” is set to direct the project.
Jessica Sharzer (“American Horror Story”) will pen the new take with “Glee” music producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom handling the music.