“Dirty Dancing” was an iconic film that in many ways defined a generation the first time it was released — and apparently, director Kenny Ortega is hoping it will do the same with a younger audience.
According to a new report from Deadline, director Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical,” “Michael Jackson: This Is It”) has been brought on board to revive the classic 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, which has previously spawned a “sequel” (in “Havana Nights”) and a short-lived TV series.
In a press release, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Joe Drake had this to say about the remake:
“Amazingly it has been almost 25 years since the original film was released, but the fans remain legion, and engaged more than ever with a brand that is special and vital to them. We believe that the timing couldn’t be better to modernize this story on the big screen, and we are proud to have Kenny Ortega at the helm.”
Here is one incredible piece of irony in relation to this project — Ortega actually started off his career working on the “Dirty Dancing” TV series, and now he is on board one of the most-beloved projects of all time.
Do you think we need a remake to this film?