'Dirty Dancing' Remake Nabs Director Kenny Ortega

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey starred in the original 1987 classic, which was choreographed by the 'Michael Jackson: This is It' director.

Dirty Dancing remake gets director Kenny Ortega
Dirty Dancing remake gets director Kenny Ortega
Director Kenny Ortega has signed onto direct the remake Dirty Dancing for Lionsgate.

Kenny Ortega actually served as the choreographer on the original Dirty Dancing movie in 1987, coming up with the dance moves that helped the movie gross over $200 million worldwide. Kenny Ortega also directed two episodes of the short-lived Dirty Dancing TV series in 1988.

The original Dirty Dancing starred Jennifer Grey as a posh young girl who falls for her dancing instructor (Patrick Swayze) in the Catskills.

No story details were given for this new Dirty Dancing remake, and it is unclear when casting will begin. The project is said to be a high priority for Lionsgate, and it is expected to move forward quickly.

Dirty Dancing comes to theaters in 2014. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega.



Sources: Deadline

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  1. JonSpidey07

    im fine as long as they dont butcher it

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  2. Nicholaus XX

    Another unnecessary remake, sweet.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. Dan

    Unneeded.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Patrick must be rolling in his grave....R.I.P. :/

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. MovieManiac

    @ghostman - I could have seen a remake a Fame (which ultimately sucked) and a remake of Footloose I can tolerate (I love the original and I think that everyone is over reacting about the remake. I think that it actually looks pretty good), but I can not see a remake of Dirty Dancing coming out succesful at all.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  6. Ghostman

    Fame, Footloose, and now Dirty Dancing? I thought Dirty Dancing was one of those 'legendary films you don't remake' movie? right?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  7. MovieManiac

    Well this is the guy who directed High Schhol Musical so I am really worried that he will make it too squeeky clean but he was also a choreographer on the original Dirty Dancing so he might be able to bring back the same feel the original had. But there is no way that Swayze can topped. That's going to be impossible.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag