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'High School Musical' Director Kenny Ortega Ready for 'Dirty Dancing'

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August 8, 2011
Source: Deadline

Dirty Dancing / Kenny Ortega

With the remake of the 1984 dance driven romance Footloose poised to hit theaters on October 14th, another dance-centric film from the 80's will be getting the remake treatment now as well. Deadline reports the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, the romance that has been so engrained in everyone's cinematic memory thanks to a recognizable soundtrack, the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, will be remade by High School Musical and This Is It documentary director Kenny Ortega. What makes this interesting is that Ortega is responsible for choreographing the so-called dirty dancing from the original film.

Honestly, there are few people I would trust with a remake like this, and Ortega really does seem like one of them. His expertise with dancing, musical numbers and gearing content towards the younger generation makes him a prime candidate to craft a respectable and fun update of the original film, but I can't say that I'm too thrilled with another call back to the 80's for inspiration in this decade. For those who are unfamiliar, the original story follows a pampered young girl who summers with her upscale family at an establishment in the Catskills and falls in love with the resident dance instructor who her family does not approve of in the least.

The infamous "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" line comes directly from the film, and surely it will have to be worked into the remake somehow, but a part of me wishes this remake would be left in a corner. Of course, depending on how the story is updated, this could turn out all right. However, Lionsgate is behind this remake, so they need to make sure this turns out better than their weaksauce Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, sequel that was just a complete disaster all around.

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  • Bcopes11
    NO! one of, if not the most iconic role of the late, great Swayze's career should not be recast and if it is whoever is chosen will not do it justice. he will be hated on for trying to replace swayze so why bother. i'm upset about this and, me being a fuy didnt even care for this movie that much but patrick should never be replaced. they try to pull this with Road House i'm gonna lose it
    • Bcopes11
      meant to say guy
  • no. no no no no no no no no no no no no no no NO! just because you "can" remake a film doesn't mean you "should." Dirty Dancing is an iconic film of the 80s; bearing memories not only of experiencing the movie, but striking memories of what life was like surrounding the release of the film. If you want to make a coming-of-age-lovers-from-two-worlds-unlikely-love-story with saucy dancing... fine. make it... but don't tack the "Dirty Dancing" title on it and try to retell a classic movie tale with a "fresh updated reboot." Can we say "Havana Nights?" Can we say "Dirty Dancing: The TV Series?" Some things need to be left alone, I don't care what connections you may have to the original.
  • Anonymous
    Channing Tatum as Johnny, I can see it now. Ugh! *screams into a pillow*
  • Whether you love it or hate it “Dirty Dancing” is a popular movie and a much loved one and you don’t or at least shouldn’t remake a movie which is still very popular and loved. I am sure that if it ever does get made people will go to see it out of curiosity and to compare it to the original and as such it will make money even if everyone hates it. But for me this is a big No another remake which I doubt that many will want.  
  • Anonymous
    How disrespectful to Patrick Swayze to remake one of his most iconic movies. Hollywood has no shame.

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