First up Lionsgate has delayed its proposed remake of the 80's classic "Dirty Dancing" by a full year says Variety.
The 1987 original followed a young girl Frances 'Baby' Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who falls for her dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in the Catskills.
The re imagining of the popular film would incorporate classic songs from the 1960's, hits from the original film and brand new compositions. The original film’s choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Michael Jackson’s This Is It), will direct. No casting has been announced. Brad Falchuk had been hired to rewrite Maria Maggenti's screenplay
Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote and co-produced the original picture, will produce the remake with Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and Ortega
The studio announced a July 26th 2013 release date last year, but the company's merger with Summit Entertainment has left them with an excess of upcoming titles in their vaults. As a result there's talk going on around Hollywood this weekend that the project could well be scrapped altogether.
Meantime "Blood Diamond" and "The Last Samurai" director Edward Zwick's next film "The Great Wall" has been pushed back by half a year as its production start moves from Fall now to next spring reports Deadline.
Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the script, from a story by Thomas Tull and Max Brooks, which looks at the mystery behind the construction of the Great Wall of China. The story follows a group of British warriors traveling through 15th Century China and come upon the hurried construction As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols. There is something inhuman and more dangerous.
Henry Cavill Alexander Skarsgård and Benjamin Walker star in the film.
Zwick, Tull, Herskovitz, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Charles Roven will produce.
The delay has led to reports of the project being nixed entirely...The reason for the delay thoughis said to be weather as the Chinese and New Zealand locations are said to be much easier to shoot in the Spring. As the project is the first effort from the company's new Legendary Pictures East division, there's a desire by all those involved to make sure "Wall" will go ahead--and doesn't suffer the same fate as the theological war epic "Paradise Lost"