Kenny Ortega to direct Dirty Dancing remake

“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies”

Lionsgate is remaking Dirty Dancing, based on the 1987 Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze film of the same name. 
The original film's choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Michael Jackson'sThis Is It) will direct.
The studio said it is also in talks with Eleanor Bergstein, the writer and co-producer of the original film, and is keen to bring her on board in a producing capacity. 
Ortega said the chance to direct the film “was like returning home”. 
“Growing up in the '60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist,” he added. 
“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats." 
Actress Jennifer Grey, who played Baby in the original, also backed the project via Twitter. 
“I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake,” she tweeted, adding via her publicist, “I’m so excited about this news and I think there’s nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one.  I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with it.” 

Will this remake put the original movie's Baby in a corner? Or will it sully the memory of a classic love story? And would it be improved by adding more explosions, car chases and robots that change to look like other things? Let us know below? 


    • FBPWillingham

      Aug 11th 2011, 6:55

      Don't remake this for gods sake

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 11th 2011, 12:46

      First one wasn't my cup of tea but this is spectacularly stupid. Way to p**s all over Swayze's memory.

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    • rjdjones

      Aug 12th 2011, 11:32

      Isn't she supposed to be 15? Maybe in the pointless remake you can have the dance teacher arrested for sex with a minor?

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    • katiethomas88

      Aug 12th 2011, 11:46

      Please god no! It's bad enough they'd even considering remaking it, but with Kenny Ortega directing, good god what are they thinking!

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    • Mogsyt

      Aug 12th 2011, 12:00

      Worst idea ever - Dirty Dancing is a classic made so my Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey - a remake would never be the same and a sacrilige to Swayze's name. Just dont do it!!

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    • PurpleNightmare

      Aug 15th 2011, 1:24

      I liked the original and I think a remake will be terrible, no one will be able to fill Swayze's dancing shoes. This classic film should be left alone, if it aint broke don't fix it!!

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