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CULT CLASSICS: ‘A League Of Their Own’ & ‘Dirty Dancing’ Get The Reboot Treatment, More Inclusive This Time

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Two cult classics are making a return! Amazon Studios is turning A League of Their Own into a series that will take a deeper look at race and sexuality with a more inclusive cast. Dirty Dancing is getting the sequel treatment. More inside….

Two cult classics are set to make a big return. And we're....not so sure how to feel about it.

Amazon Studios is giving one of our fave movies, A League of Their Own, the reboot treatment, turning it into a hourlong series. This time, the classic 1992 baseball film will feature a more inclusive cast, including Chanté Adams (2nd picture - Roxanne, Roxanne), Gbemisola Ikumelo (4th picture), Abbi Jacobson, and D'Arcy Carden.

The original movie featured only one person of color. There’s a scene where a Black woman throws a stray ball to one of the white players and it subtly showed how racism came into play:

A League of Their Own is based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which began in 1943, as the men were shipped off to fight in World War II. It ended in 1954.

Abbi Jacobson – who stars in the film – and William Graham are co-creators and Sony Pictures TV is behind the upcoming project. The creators revealed the film will touch on racism and sexuality even more.

“The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it,according to the streamer.

The show’s creators spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about addressing those issues in the new series:

The film has a famous scene where a Black woman has a huge throw of a stray ball, implying that there was a whole other fight for equality going on at the same time. How much of what you're planning will lean into that?

Jacobson: The pilot, more than the rest of the series, nods to the film in a bunch of different ways. But we are really leaning into the fact that Black women weren't allowed to even try out. Our version is very much about inclusion of women in professional baseball, but it's also about the inclusion of white women and white-passing women in professional baseball. There are really heavy scenes that we're also exploring in a major way.

Graham: You look at story of Mamie Johnson and Toni Stone or the other players who found their own paths to playing professionally when the door to the league didn't open for them, and they're incredible stories. It took so much will and determination. The chance to be able to tell this story, not just about the league but about this whole generation of women and their experience in the sport, we feel so lucky to be part of the team doing it.

“There’s no crying in baseball, or at Prime Video,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios. “Will and Abbi have taken a classic movie, reimagining it for a new generation with new characters and their own fresh, modern vision on a timeless story of big dreams, friendship, love, and, of course, baseball. We’re so excited to partner with Sony to bring this emotional, exciting new series to our Prime Video customers around the world.”

Joining Jacobson, Carden, Adams and Ikumelo in the cast are Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado, with recurring guest stars Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant and Melanie Field.

Geena Davis - who stars in the original as Dottie - is HERE for it:



Are you here for it?

As for another cult classic...



A Dirty Dancing sequel is in the works 33 years after the original hit theaters, https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/dirty-dancing-sequel-starring-jennife... ">according to Lionsgate. Jennifer Gray - who starred as "Baby" in the original - will executive produce AND star in the sequel. She starred opposite Patrick Swayze, who died in 2008 after he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

"And to reveal one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood, we're pleased to confirm that Jennifer Grey will both executive produce and star in a new 'Dirty Dancing' movie for Lionsgate," John Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, said.

"It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise's fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company's history," Feltheimer added.

We know every word by heart so they BETTER not mess this ish up.  You here for it?

Photo: Amazon Studios 

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