Merger with Summit has resulted in excess of titles

Just as it was on the brink of deciding who would lead its “Dirty Dancing” remake, Lionsgate has delayed the project for a year.

The studio, which tapped Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) to direct last August, had no comment. Last fall the company dated the reboot for release on July 26, 2013, but the Lionsgate merger with Summit has left the combined company with an excess of titles in its pipeline.

Lionsgate was expected to make a decision on leads before the weekend, as no one had been cast. Ortega and Debra Martin Chase (”The Princess Diaries”) will produce the new pic, a modernization that will include songs from the original, classic songs from the 1960s and new compositions.

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