ABC sets 'Dirty Dancing' musical with Abigail Breslin

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ABC is diving into the TV movie musical.

The network is taking on 1987 feature Dirty Dancing as a taped TV movie starring AbigalBreslin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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From Lionsgate TV, Emmy nominee Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word) will pen the script, with Breslin taking on Jennifer Grey's iconic role as Baby. The Three-hour event will be produced by Allison Shearmur Productions (The Hunger Games) and Eleanor Bergstein, who penned the screenplay for the original movie. Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer (Glee) will tackle music for ABC's rendition. Anders and Cairo (Crazy Heart) will produce. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) will direct. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Bring It On) will be responsible for choreography. Stephen Altman (GosfordPark) is set as producing designer.

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The movie, co-starring Patrick Swayze and Jerry Orbach, was produced on a $6 million budget and has grossed more than $213 million worldwide since its release.

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The film, which spawned a 2004 reboot (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), featured two multi-platinum selling soundtracks created by Jimmy Ienner that included hits "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for best original song and Grammy for best duet.

In 2011, Lionsgate announced plans to remake Dirty Dancing with Kenny Ortega (The Wiz) — the film's original choreographer, set to direct. That was shelved in 2012.

Abigail Breslin through the years ...

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Abigail Breslin, from "Scream Queens", poses for a portrait during the Fox 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2002: Abigail Breslin arrives at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for the world premiere of the movie 'Signs.' She stars in the film. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Hayden Panettiere and Abigail Breslin (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin -- Air Date 12/13/2004 -- Episode 2835 -- Pictured: (l-r) Spencer Breslin, Abigail Breslin during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 13, 2004 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 10/27/02 Abigail Breslin at the premiere of "The Santa Clause 2". (Hollywood, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Abigail Breslin during 'The Pacifier' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at The El Capitan in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com �2005 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 10/2/05 Spencer Breslin and Abigail Breslin at a screening of "Cinderella". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actress Toni Collette, left, one of the stars of the film "Little Miss Sunshine," embraces co-star Abigail Breslin as they arrive for a screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Friday, Jan. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Actor Steve Carell and Abigail Breslin pose inside at the 7th Annual AFI Awards luncheon held at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
Abigail Breslin arrives for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
** EMBARGOED AT THE REQUEST OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES FOR USE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST ** Abigail Breslin, left, and Jaden Smith present a Oscar for the best animated short film during the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actress Abigail Breslin attends the world premiere of "National Treasure Book Of Secrets" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actresses Abigail Breslin, right, and Jodie Foster pose for photos at the Bally's hotel and casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a portrait in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Actress Abigail Breslin arrives at the InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Association Toronto International Film Festival party in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actress Abigail Breslin arrives at the premiere of the animated feature film "Rango" in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actress Abigail Breslin attends the premiere of "New Year's Eve" at Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Abigail Breslin at TriStar Pictures World Premiere of 'The Call', held at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Screen Gems/AP Images)
Abigail Breslin attend the press conference for "August: Osage County" on day 6 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Abigail Breslin arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards presented by Porsche at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Porsche/AP Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 200 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Abigail Breslin during an interview with host Seth Meyers on May 4, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON, NY - OCTOBER 05: Abigail Breslin signs copies of her book 'This May Sound Crazy' at Book Revue on October 5, 2015 in Huntington, New York. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.
SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Abigail Breslin as Chanel #5, Billie Lourd as Chanel #3 and guest star Ariana Grande as Chanel #2 in 'Pilot,' the first part of the special, two-hour series premiere of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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That ABC would dive into the TV movie musical genre comes as little surprise. NBC has found ratings gold with its live musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, the latter of which also became a critical success. Fox, meanwhile, in January will debut Grease: Live and is prepping a tapped TV movie musical based on The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Laverne Cox set to star.

Breslin, repped by CAA, counts Fox's Scream Queens and feature Little Miss Sunshine among her credits.

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A premiere date for ABC's Dirty Dancing has not yet been determined.

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This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter

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