ABC Sets ‘Dirty Dancing’ Musical With Abigail Breslin

ABC is diving into a TV film musical.

The network is holding on 1987 underline Dirty Dancing as a taped TV film starring Abigail Breslin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Emmy nominee Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word) will coop a script, with Breslin holding on Jennifer Grey’s iconic purpose as Baby. The three-hour eventuality from Lionsgate TV will be constructed by Allison Shearmur Productions (The Hunger Games) and Eleanor Bergstein, who penned a screenplay for a strange movie. Grammy hopeful Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) will tackle strain for ABC’s rendition. Anders and Cairo (Crazy Heart) will produce. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) will direct. Tony leader Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Bring It On) will be obliged for choreography. Stephen Altman (Gosford Park) is set as producing designer. 

The movie, co-starring Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach, was constructed on a $6 million bill and has grossed some-more than $213 million worldwide given a release.

The film, that spawned a 2004 reboot (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), featured dual multi-platnium-selling soundtracks combined by Jimmy Ienner that enclosed strike “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” that won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for best strange strain and Grammy for best duet.

In 2011, Lionsgate announced skeleton to reconstitute Dirty Dancing with Kenny Ortega (The Wiz), a film’s strange choreographer, set to direct. That was suspended in 2012.

That ABC would dive into a TV film low-pitched genre comes as small surprise. NBC has found ratings bullion with a live musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, the latter of that also became a vicious success. Fox, meanwhile, in Jan will entrance Grease: Live and is prepping a tapped TV film low-pitched formed on The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Laverne Cox set to star.

Breslin, repped by CAA, depends Fox’s Scream Queens and underline Little Miss Sunshine among her credits.

A premiere date for ABC’s Dirty Dancing has not nonetheless been determined.

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