Choeographer for the 1987 original will return to direct an updated remake of the cult classic
Nobody puts baby in a corner. And now Dirty Dancing is back! Kenny Ortega, choreographer for the original 1987 cult classic, has confirmed he will direct a modern remake of the film.
Ortega, director of Michael Jackson’s This Is It documentary and High School Musical 3, says: ‘The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me.
‘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.’
Although it is yet to be decided who will star in the iconic summer romance drama, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive with whispers that Justin Timberlake, Derek Hough and even Justin Bieber could play heartthrob Johnny Castle, made famous by the late Patrick Swayze.
The 1987 film’s delayed sequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, released in 2004, may have flopped at the box office, but producers believe the time is finally right for a remake.
‘We believe that the timing couldn’t be better to modernise this story on the big screen,’ said Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate, the studio producing the film.
And if the recent interest in the Dirty Dancing Facebook page – which has gained 9.4 million fans since May – is anything to go by, Drake may be onto something.
The new film comes hot on the heels of the Footloose remake, hitting screens this October, but critics have already questioned the decision to modernise the much loved classic.
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