Hollywood has a long history of remaking films, and even some of the most beloved movies are themselves remakes. Films like Scarface, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Fly, A Fistful of Dollars and The Departed were all remakes or unofficial do-overs of earlier films, yet have gone on to become quintessential classics, beloved by many.
Although there are fantastic remakes out there, some movie studios have gotten into the habit of taking cherished properties and slapping the name on a subpar film or TV show, hoping it makes money based solely on nostalgia. ABC was the latest to pull a film from the nostalgia vault, with the announcement it was producing a made-for-TV remake of the treasured '80s film Dirty Dancing.
Dirty Dancing On ABC
When ABC made the big announcement of a Dirty Dancing television event, fans were optimistically cautious. The original #DirtyDancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey carries a lot of fond memories, but fans decided to give the remake a chance before rushing to judgement.
ABC's new version had a great cast, including Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing, Katey Sagal, Billy Dee Williams and Nicole Scherzinger. The first trailer looked promising, portraying the TV event as a fun musical production. The remake promised new songs and dance numbers, and fans would finally get to learn what happened to Baby and Johnny after their time in the Catskills.
May 24, 2017 finally arrived and fans gathered around their TVs to watch ABC’s Dirty Dancing. And they could not believe their eyes.
Twitter Puts The Dirty Dancing Remake In A Corner
Fans did their best to remain calm regarding ABC’s version of the beloved musical drama, but once it aired, the floodgates opened and people on Twitter completely savaged the made-for-TV film. While some people swung for the fences and obliterated the remake, others used wit to express their feelings.
While Twitter filled up with clever and funny tweets, other disappointed fans took the time to remember the greatness of the original Dirty Dancing and share their love for #PatrickSwayze and Grey’s classic portrayal of Johnny and Baby.
The public has spoken, and they did not care for the Dirty Dancing remake. ABC’s Dirty Dancing currently sits at an embarrassing 6 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, but on the bright side, Twitter kept fans entertained throughout the TV event. Hopefully this misstep won’t hinder networks from producing more musicals made for TV, because if they're done right, they can be amazing.
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