Movie Delay Updates: Damon Lindelof to Save 'World War Z,' Plus 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot Waltzes into 2014

Movie Delay Updates: Damon Lindelof to Save 'World War Z,' Plus 'Dirty Dancing' Reboot Waltzes into 2014

Jun 11, 2012

World War Z coverIt’s a sad fact of life – big movies get announced, and sometimes big movies get delayed.

2012 has already seen G.I. Joe: Retaliation jump from July all the way into 2013, and now Brad Pitt’s zombie epic World War Z is ready to follow suit. The trend carries over into next year as well – the rumored Dirty Dancing reboot is on the move too – and we’ve got all the disappointing details for you below.

World War Z has had a long, drawn-out production – and things don’t appear to be getting any better for Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ book. News broke late last week that Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof has been brought in for rewrites on the film’s script and that extensive reshoots are planned. If you follow the movie business at all, you know this is not a good thing.

Lindelof is said to be focusing on fixing up the film’s third – and final – act, which gives us even more cause for concern given how important endings are. The cynical amongst us wonder if Lindelof is the right guy for the job in the first place, given some of his recent work on Ridley Scott’s film and Lost. Only time will tell, but this is certainly disheartening news for zombie fans no matter how you approach it. [via THR]

Meanwhile, Lionsgate has postponed their planned remake of the 1987 Patrick Swayze film Dirty Dancing because of casting issues. The film, which was slated to make its bow next summer, is now scheduled for an amorphous 2014 release date.

While no official cast had been announced for the project, Deadline reports that “Glee’s Lea Michele, Trespass ’Liana Liberato and Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky were screen tested as were Brothers & Sisters’ Luke Grime, Nashville Star’s Justin Gaston and Dancing With the Stars’ Derek Hough.”

Apparently, studio bosses weren’t entirely thrilled with what they saw -- so fans waiting to see if a reboot can recapture the magic of the original Dirty Dancing will have to wait just a bit longer.

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