The Glee co-creator will rewrite Maria Maggenti's original screenplay for the musical re-imagining of the 1987 film, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
The remake will feature songs from the 1960s, tracks from the original film and brand new songs, reports Variety.
Original choreographer Kenny Ortega will return to direct and produce the project, which he described as a "tough decision" in August.
Lionsgate has set a release date for Dirty Dancing of July 26, 2013.
Jennifer Grey and Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi have both given their support to Ortega and the remake.
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Watch Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze's iconic dance number from the original Dirty Dancing movie below: