Get ready to have the time of your life—again.
It was just announced that a remake of Dirty Dancing is in the works.
Yes, a remake of Dirty Dancing!
What’s going on? And what does Jennifer Grey think about it?
While there’s no cast in place, the new flick will be directed by the original movie’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, of High School Musical and Michael Jackson‘s This Is It fame.
No doubt the studio Lionsgate is taking its cue from wildly successful television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars, along with the remake of that other fan-fave dancing flick Footloose.
“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him,” Ortega said in a statement. “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.”
The 1987 original starred Swayze as summer resort dancer instructor Johnny Castle and Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman, his unlikely dancing partner and love interest. Costing only $6 million, it has gone on to earn more than $215 million. A not-so-successful prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released just seven years ago. Staged adaptations have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia.
“I’m so excited about this news, and I think there’s nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one,” Grey said. “I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with it.”
Perhaps Grey can play the new Baby’s mom.
Now we want to hear from you. Do you wanna get Dirty again? Sound off below. And while you’re at it, why not cast the remake, too.
by MARC MALKIN