We’re not sure whether to be totally psyched or intensely nervous about the fact that tonight is the premiere of the Dirty Dancing remake. We’re gonna assume most fans of the original are feeling a mixture of both emotions, if the reactions to the first pics of the new film were any indication.
While Abigail Breslin (who’s taking on the epic role of Baby) told E! News that ABC’s version will stay true to the classic story in most ways, Colt Prattes (AKA Johnny) claims that the remake is “adding something” new. Though he was reluctant to clarify what exactly that was, we already have a few hints at how this film will differ from the one we love so much.
First, there’s the fact that Baby’s sister, Lisa (played this time around by Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland) will have a bigger part in this story, including an interracial crush. This goes along with the network’s plan to “dive deeper into the iconic characters, showcasing their progression and tackling social themes like race, women’s rights, and the socio-economic division in the country at that time.”
But it’s perhaps the next change that is the most exciting, and the one that could end up being the biggest risk of all. Debra Messing (who plays Marjorie Houseman, Baby’s mom) revealed to E! News that *this* story won’t end with that memorable dance scene. In fact, we’ll be finding out what happened once the summer was over. O… M… G.
The Will & Grace actress revealed, “The thing that was exciting to me was you find out what happens to Baby and Johnny years later.” Whoa. This alone could either make or break this remake. Bruce Greenwood (appearing as Baby’s dad) added, “It lifts the lid on all kinds of questions you might have had about the original when you first watched it.” That… might not be a good thing.
We’ll just have to see whether this is an awesome nod to the beloved movie or a massive mistake when we watch tonight on ABC at 8pm.
What do you think about the changes (that we know of *so far*) that have been made to the Dirty Dancing story? Let us know @BritandCo!
(Photos via Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty, ABC)