DIRTY DANCING Gets A Reboot
Lionsgate recently announced that it would produce a remake of the original 1987 movie DIRTY DANCING. This new film will be directed by the original film’s choreographer Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), who will also be producing along with Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants).
Ortega had this to say about the project:
“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me. Growing up in the 60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist. I am looking forward to assembling a great creative team and an exciting cast to bring Dirty Dancing to the screen for a new generation. 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.”
He also added:
“I want to thank writer/producer Eleanor Bergstein for originally choosing me to choreograph Dirty Dancing and for her continuous support. I’m thrilled to once again be working with my friend and producing partner Debra Martin Chase. My deep appreciation to Alli Shearmur, Joe Drake, and everyone at Lionsgate for their enthusiasm to make the film and for their confidence in me to helm the project.”
No word yet on who will be reprising the iconic roles of Baby and Johnny made famous by Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze.
What do you think of a Dirty Dancing remake? Are you excited or is it too soon to be giving the film a reboot?
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