Lionsgate Puts 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot in a Corner

[caption id="attachment_37106" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Vestron Pictures"]Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in "Dirty Dancing"[/caption]

UPDATE: The time of your life will have to wait a little longer, as Lionsgate has postponed the "Dirty Dancing" reboot.

The new take on the 1987 classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey has been temporarily removed from the Hollywood dance card due to casting issues, according to Deadline. Kenny Wormald ("Footloose") had been mentioned last summer as a possible headliner for the new "Dirty Dancing," but apparently one remake of a dance-heavy '80s flick is enough for one resume.

The new "Dirty Dancing" had been originally scheduled for July 2013 but now won't hit theaters until 2014 at the earliest. Kenny Ortega, who was a choreographer on the original film, is still attached to direct.

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They say that nobody puts Baby in a corner, but there is one man who quite literally did just that: Kenny Ortega, the guy who choreographed the dance routines in the hit 1987 musical romance "Dirty Dancing."

And now he's getting ready to put a whole new generation of actors in the corners of his choosing, as Deadline is reporting that Ortega has signed on to direct the upcoming "Dirty Dancing" remake.

"Dirty Dancing," as you no doubt know thanks to your older sister's tribute website, starred Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze as two youngsters who learned about the redemptive power of getting freaky on the dance floor. The film was a huge hit, but until now had only spawned a really lame sequel (2004's "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights") and a hilarious Funny Or Die sketch, neither of which featured the original cast.

With Swayze dead, of course, the new "Dirty Dancing" won't feature the original cast either, but it will feature Ortega, who in subsequent years has proven his ability to connect with younger audiences by directing movies like the entire "High School Musical" trilogy and the Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It."

So can Ortega keep the music going and introduce a new generation to the thrills of "Dirty Dancing?" One thing is for sure: Baby better get used to being in plenty of corners from here on out.

Originally published on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 at 5:47 ET.