High School Musical lensman Kenny Ortega has inked a deal to direct a remake of Dirty Dancing, the 1987 sleeper hit that launched the careers of a pair of then-unknowns named Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
We’re still trying to decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing….
The news comes almost two years after Lionsgate — the studio behind this Horse & Pony Show — has commissioned Uptown Girls writer Julia Dahl to pen a script for their revival of the screen classic. A release date is still up in the air, but Ortega promises cinema fans the chance to “Have the Time of Your Life” all over again. Ortega, who choreographed the original film and also worked on Michael Jackson’s posthumous concert film, This Is It), says his remake will incorporate classic songs from the 1960s and hits from the first Dancing.
“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me,” Ortega said in a press release Monday. “Growing up in the 60s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist. …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.”
This certainly isn’t the first time Dirty Dancing has been reworked for the silver screen. In 2004, the movie was the subject of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, an ill-received prequel that featured a cameo by Swayze. Let’s hope this new Dancing is a lot dirtier than the two lackluster sequels — including 2010′s straight-to-DVD Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights. Ugh!
Ok, who should star?! Who do you think could play a convincing Baby and Johnny? Justin Timberlake and Lea Michele perhaps?