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Nobody puts Baby in a corner -- but they are putting her back on the big-screen!
Lionsgate announced today that Kenny Ortega will direct a remake of Dirty Dancing. According to EW.com, Ortega (best known for the High School Musical franchise and Michael Jackson's This Is It) has signed on to make a modern version of the hit 1987 romance, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze.
For fans who might protest that their favorite coming-of-age romance needs no remake, consider Ortega's link to the original: He choreographed it! That's right -- the show-stopping ballroom numbers, sizzling bumping and grinding and, of course, that final lift were all his doing.
"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me… 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 triple-threats," Ortega said in a statement.
So yet another generation will get to experience the tale of naive Frances "Baby" Houseman who falls for Johnny Castle, the roguish, sexy dance instructor she meets at a summer resort in 1963.
Dirty Dancing was one of the biggest surprise hits of the '80s. Made for only $6 million, the movie went on to make $214 million worldwide. Ortega says he's going to use music from the chart-topping soundtrack as well as new songs -- but the real question is who could possibly replace Grey and Swayze as Baby and Johnny.