Kenny Ortega to Direct 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Kenny Ortega to Direct 'Dirty Dancing' Remake

Aug 08, 2011

Hot on the heels of this fall's buzzed-about Footloose remake comes word via Deadline that Kenny Ortega has signed on to direct Lionsgate's remake of Dirty Dancing. Ortega, who directed two installments of High School Musical, as well as Michael Jackson's This Is It, is already tied to the Dirty Dancing franchise in that he choreographed all the dirty moves featured in the original 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

Ortega was originally supposed to direct the Footloose remake, though he later dropped out in favor of tackling an adaptation of the Broadway hit In the Heights, which never came to be. Now he's taking the lead on the remake for yet another beloved music-heavy film, and we should expect it to be updated to reflect the times (ie: cue a Katy Perry club remix in place of "I've Had the Time of My Life"). There's no word yet on who will take on the iconic roles of "Baby" and Johnny, though there's no shortage of hot up-and-coming talent to fill those gaps. The only question fans of the first Dirty Dancing should have is how close will this one play to the original? Will it be set in modern day, or will they take a cue from the 1987 version and set it during the 1960s? The choice of setting will no doubt influence how close they stick to the original in terms of music. Judging from what they're doing with Footloose, though, we don't see them sticking with many of the same songs.

What do you think they should do with the Dirty Dancing remake?

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