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'Glee' Creator to Helm 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot

Brad Falchuk, co-creator of "Glee," has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for a remake of 1987's "Dirty Dancing," Variety reports. The reimagined musical will feature classic '60s music and songs from the original film in addition to new tracks.

Lionsgate has scheduled the new "Dirty Dancing" for a July 26, 2013 release. The original film, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, grossed just under $64 million domestically and $214 million worldwide.

It also produced not one, but two soundtracks, the first of which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1987-88. The subsequent soundtrack, "More Dirty Dancing," peaked at No. 3 for five weeks in the spring of 1988.

As was announced in August, the original "Dirty Dancing" choreographer, Kenny Ortega, will direct and produce in conjunction with Debra Martin Chase ("The Princess Diaries") and the film's original writer/producer, Eleanor Bergstein. Ortega was also the director of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" and the "High School Musical" series.

Falchuk recently co-created "American Horror Story," an award-winning television drama for FX, with "Glee" cohort Ryan Murphy.

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