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Lionsgate Postpones DIRTY DANCING Movie Remake; Lea Michele to Star?


Deadline reports that the Kenny Ortega- helmed movie remake of 1987's Dirty Dancing has been postponed for casting reasons.  The film, which was to feature a new screenplay by GLEE's Brad Falchuk, was originally set to premiere in summer 2013. It will now be released in 2014. 

Actors who have reportedly been screen tested for the film include Broadway veteran Lea Michele, as well as Liana Liberato,  Nikki Yanofsky, Luke Grime, Justin Gaston and Derek Hough.

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Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film made in the United States. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film features Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Cynthia Rhodes, and Jerry Orbach. The story is a coming of age drama that documents a teenage girl's rebellion against her father by starting a relationship with a dance instructor during the family's summer vacation.

Originally a low-budget film by a new studio and with no major stars (except Broadway legend Jerry Orbach in a supporting role), Dirty Dancing became a massive box office hit. As of 2009, it earned over $214 million worldwide. It was the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video, and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack generated two multi-platinum albums and multiple singles, including "(I've Had) The Time of My Life", which won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy Award for best duet.The film spawned a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, as well as a stage version which has had sellout performances in Australia, Europe, and North America.

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