Dirty Dancing Remake – Can They Bring Back The Magic?

The Associated press reported on Monday, August 8, 2011, that Lionsgate Studios is remaking the 1987 hit “Dirty Dancing”.

Kenny Ortega, the Choreographer who was involved in the original film, which starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, has signed on as director of the remake.  Kenny Ortega directed Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” documentary.

EW.com reported that the original “Dirty Dancing” film’s budget was $6 million back in the day but grossed a whopping $214 million worldwide. The sequel to “Dirty Dancing”  called “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” without Grey and Swayze, “fizzled with a different cast” Ortega is quoted as saying. But he is looking forward to “the next breakout triple-threats” with the remake.  If the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” makes you want to twirl across a dance floor, and you know where the line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” comes from, this news is bound to stir up all kinds of emotions in you.

Ortega’s remake will utilize classic songs from the ’60s and the hits from the original movie, as well as new songs. No casting has been announced yet.

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