Lionsgate, the studio behind the remake, has shuffled the Dirty Dancing from its release schedule. There's no specified new date for the movie, meaning it could be a long, long wait, but the earliest that we'll be returning to the Catskills is 2014. The reason for the delay, according to Deadline, is casting.
Apparently actresses screentesting for the Jennifer Grey role have included Lea Michelle of Glee, Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky, and Liana Liberato, seen in last year's Trust. Amongst potential new Johnny Castles were Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough, Justin Gaston of Nashville Star, and Brothers & Sisters actor Luke Grimes. It's currently unknown just what the hiccup in casting was and how a year-long delay will cure it, but it seems Lionsgate is willing to wait, or possibly not go ahead with the project at all.
Last August, Kenny Ortega, who served as choreographer on the 1987 original directed by Emile Ardolino, was announced as the helmer of the remake. A veteran choreographer, Ortega previously directed Newsies, Hocus Pocus, and Disney's High School Musical movies. Before Craig Brewer ended up on the project, Ortega devoted some time to developing a Footloose remake as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron, but his efforts were for naught.
Shortly after Ortega became involved, Maria Maggenti was hired to write the new Dirty Dancing, which would again take place at a mountain resort in the 1960s and use familiar music from the original film. Two months ago, though, Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk came aboard to rewrite Maggenti's previous drafts.
If the remake does indeed arrive in 2014, it'll be a solid decade after the previous attempt to wring a theatrical franchise from the property. 2004's Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which starred Diego Luna and Romola Garai, was unconnected to the first movie, and like the short-lived, Swayze-less Dirty Dancing television series, it didn't connect like the original material.