American network ABC has been given the go-ahead to remake 80s classic Dirty Dancing for the small screen.
‘Why, oh why would you mess with something so perfect?’ we hear you wail. We don’t actually know, and trawling the internet for answers is futile (we’ve tried). We're willing to venture it has something to do with money.
You know Dirty Dancing, and its smash hit songs by heart. In a nutshell: it’s the story of the most romantic holiday romance that ever did happen. Wide-eyed, 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey) falls for her dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) at a summer resort in 1963. Then the pair get Hungry Eyes for each other and have the time of their lives while dancing everyone’s favourite on-screen dance. It remains one of the most watched films of all time, because it is awesome and timeless (ie. does not need tampering with).
So what of this TV adaptation that’s already triggering distress in Dirty Dancing fans worldwide? Eleanor Bergstein is on board as one of its executive producers, which actually bodes well. Bergstein wrote the screenplay for the original movie (it was inspired by her own experience) and is obviously confident this whole thing is a good idea, even if we’re not.
The three-hour-long TV musical movie will be penned by Jessica Sharzer, known for her work on American Horror Story and Abigail Breslin (whose breakout role was as the lead in Little Miss Sunshine) will play Baby. Swayze’s role will be filled by actor / dancer Colt Prattes.
Perhaps our favourite castings so far have to be the very hilarious Debra Messing and Sarah Hyland. Yesterday it was announced that Modern Family’s Sarah will be taking the role of Baby’s sister, Lisa Houseman, while the former Will & Grace leading lady will be playing the Houseman matriarch, Marjorie.
Adding some leg kicking, hair flipping and a whole lot of spinning, will be Nicole Scherzinger in the role of Penny.
We're intrigued. Dubious, but intrigued.
Still feeling jangled by this news? We’ve saved you the trouble of Googling the final dance. Let it push your happy button.