ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake to Hire Over 900 Extras

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‘Dirty Dancing’ remake to film in Asheville, North Carolina.

A TV series remake of the 1987 drama “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze will film in Western North Carolina, according reports.

In March, producers received a $4 million grant from the state, which whill come in the form of reimbursements as part of the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.

The new ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake will be a three-episode TV miniseries on ABC. The TV miniseries will feature a “night of singing and dancing as we update the classic film ‘Dirty Dancing’ as a three-hour event.”

The exact location of filming was still undetermined at the time the application was filed, but Asheville, Cashiers, Winston-Salem and Greensboro are all mentioned. High Hampton Inn and Resort in Cashiers, the Stevens Center Theater in Winston-Salem and the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro are all listed as potential settings.

One note on the application indicates High Hampton would be the “main shooting location.”

“It’s probable that we’ll need to renovate and improve a current ‘boathouse’ structure at High Hampton Inn to accommodate a few dance scenes,” the application continues. “It’s a historic building that has sat empty and unused for years but has great historical significance. It’s a striking location overlooking the lake and would be highlighted in the film but could be kept and used in its improved state after we leave.”

“We’re thrilled and committed to North Carolina,” John Valentine of Lionsgate production company said in an email dated March 6 to Mark Poole of the Department of Commerce. [Citizen Times]

The new feature film will create 1,225 jobs in North Carolina including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 “crew/full time” jobs.

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Source: Citizen Times