It was announced yesterday that Lionsgate Films will be remaking the 1987 film, “Dirty Dancing”, which originally stared Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in one of his most famous roles.
Directing the movie will be Kenny Ortega, director of the “High School Musical” series and Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film, “This is it”.
Ortega has connections to “Dancing” dating back to the original, where he served as choreographer. He also directed a couple of episodes of “Dirty Dancing”, the short lived tv series, which aired for one season (1988-89).
Although it’s not the strongest resume in the world, it seems a given that Ortega will be respectful of the franchise at least.
Casting has yet to begin.
The true test will be whether audiences have a stomach for a remake of this film or not. Although I myself am not the biggest fan, this was obviously a very big movie, and is still cherished by many fans. Now, as it becomes the latest in a long line of famous films to be remade, will audiences accept it or reject it?
The movie has had a sequel already, 2004’s blip on the radar “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”. It obviously was not met with the same enthusiasm as the original.
How do you feel about it? Any protective feelings towards the original?