Dirty Dancing to be remade

In 1987 a film was released that was to become one of the most popular and iconic films of all time. It was voted the UK’s favourite chick-flick in a survey by Oxfam, and it was the first video to sell over one million copies. That dance, that man and that line, “nobody puts Baby in the corner.” It can only be one film, Dirty Dancing, and now the film is to be remade by Lionsgate

Despite being over 20 years old Dirty Dancing‘s popularity has never faltered, with its signitature song now a quintessential party anthem, as well as becoming a hugely successful stage adaptation. Set in the 1950s, the coming-of-age film starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey and is still as enjoyable and as magical as it was back in 1987. So why is Hollywood determined to remake it?

The remake is to be directed by Kenny Ortega, who served as the choreographer on the original back in 1987. He most recently directed the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It as well as the hit High School Musical trilogy. Based on his filmography he appears to be the best man for the job.

“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me,” said Ortega. “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 of triple-threats.”

The news of the remake has sparked outrage from fans who have slated it as a disaster waiting to happen. The news has also done nothing to help the current belief that Hollywood has ran out of original ideas with Dirty Dancing being the latest classic due for ‘modernisation’. However, actress Jennifer Grey, who starred as Frances (Baby) in the original film, tweeted her response to the news, saying, “I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake.”

Whether or not the remake will be a success hangs in the balance. Previous attempts to match the film’s high acclaim have failed, with an unsuccessful television series, and a quasi-remake released in 2004, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, all providing evidence against the case. There is currently no news in terms of casting, however the actor destined to play Johnny certainly has big boots to fill.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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