Abigail Breslin, watch out. Some folks won’t likely be happy about a remake of “Dirty Dancing.”
A similar project announced in 2011 — to be directed by Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the beloved 1987 original — was shelved the next year, pleasing diehards who posted online comments the likes of: “Die in a fire, movie industry.”
But on Tuesday, ABC officially greenlit a new three-hour, taped TV musical version of the low-budget, 1960s-set romance starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny and Baby, the dreamy, working-class dance instructor and innocent young gal who find love in a Catskills resort. Made for just $6 million, the movie became an unlikely international phenomenon, grossing more than $210 million.
Skeptics need not fear: Executive producers on the new project are Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games”) and Eleanor Bergstein, whose screenplay for the original movie was based on her own life. (Aw, shucks!)
Some naysayers already are blasting the choice of 19-year-old Breslin (“Scream Queens,” “Little Miss Sunshine”), who tweeted to some 200,000 followers: “So excited to finally be able to tell you I’m playing Baby! #nobodyputsbabyinthecorner.”
Grey has gone on record saying that, no matter what people want, she’ll never do the famous, often copied “Dirty Dancing” lift Again: “I’m too f—–old,” she said in an interview last year.
While there’s no word on who will fill the late Swayze’s iconic role, may Scoop! suggest: Justin Timberlake, Chris Hemsworth, Channing Tatum or Kanye West? (Just jokin’ on that last one.)
‘VOICE’ SINGER TOPS ADELE
Jordan Smith is getting a lot more than “Somebody to Love.”
The 21-year-old, who sang a kick-butt version of the Queen classic on TV’s “The Voice” on Monday, dethroned Adele from the top spot on iTunes.
“I don’t need to say anything at all because that’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” said his coach Adam Levine, who was fist pumping as Smith belted in front of a large gospel choir.
Bay Area “Star Wars” geeks are invited to participate in a cross-nation lightsaber battle from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 18 in Justin Herman Plaza, presented by producer Kevin Bracken, who also happens to be selling $10 light sabers: Visit bit.ly/LightsaberSF for details.
Drummer Tre Cool of Green Day is 43. … Singer-guitarist Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers is 46. … Violinist Joshua Bell is 48. … Actress Felicity Huffman is 53. … Singer Donny Osmond is 58. … Actor John Malkovich is 62. … Singer Joan Armatrading is 65. … Singer Dan Hicks is 74. … Actor Beau Bridges is 74. ,,, Actress Judi Dench is 81. … Actor-writer Buck Henry is 85. … Actor Kirk Douglas is 99.
— Staff, wire report
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