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Kenny Ortega Will Direct A Dirty Dancing Remake!

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They should get Al Roker and Ryan Gosling for this! LOLz.

It has just been confirmed by Lionsgate that High School Musical/This Is It/Newsies director Kenny Ortega will direct the remake of the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing!

While we'd usually be EVEN MORE skeptical of this, Ortega WAS the guy who choreographed those dirty dance moves for the original film, which makes us think he might treat this one with extra care.

We should also note that Ortega directed two episodes of the short lived Dirty Dancing TV series back in 1988. Did anyone out there ever see that show?

Here's what Kenny had to say about this major directing opportunity:

"The opportunity to direct DIRTY DANCING is like returning home for me. Growing up in the 60’s on the dance floor helped define me as a person and as an artist. I am looking forward to assembling a great creative team and an exciting cast to bring DIRTY DANCING to the screen for a new generation. 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."

"I want to thank writer/producer Eleanor Bergstein for originally choosing me to choreograph “Dirty Dancing” and for her continuous support. I’m thrilled to once again be working with my friend and producing partner Debra Martin Chase. My deep appreciation to Alli Shearmur, Joe Drake, and everyone at Lionsgate for their enthusiasm to make the film and for their confidence in me to helm the project."

What do U think about this big announcement? Is Kenny Ortega the right guy for the gig? Or should they leave Dirty Dancing alone???

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26 comments to “Kenny Ortega Will Direct A Dirty Dancing Remake!”



  1. 1

    I think it's almost a sin to do a remake of this movie. Theres NOBODY who can replace the moves Patrick Swayze made famous….I think it's a shame.



  2. 2

    NO NO NO NO NO



  3. 3

    Patrick Swayze & Jennifer Grey's Old Nose are spinning in their final resting places about now…



  4. 4

    Noooooo! This movie should NEVER be redone. Do a prequel, a sequel, something else! Do NOT desecrate that movie and the memory of Patrick. It's a piece of history that can never be duplicated or imitated. It's is my all time favorite movie and as a fan there is nothing that can replace those two characters or they're place in our cinematic history. It's such a shame that the industry is that money hungry that they are going to exploit such a great thing and ultimatley ruin it. It truly saddens me.



  5. 5

    Oh good, it's been so long since Hollywood has done a remake.



  6. 6

    Seriously, if these effers can't come up with an original idea, maybe they shouldn't be making the kind of money they do. There are just certain movies you DO NOT touch.



  7. 7

    It's disgraceful to remake a classic like this. It's like a slap in the face. I grew up on this movie, before I knew what an abortion and summer love were all about…….
    Re: danibb – they tried doing that with havanna nights and it totally failed - you cannot touch this movie, nothing compares and never will.



  8. 8

    WTF? Really? ANOTHER stupid remake. Can't the newer generation just be satisfied with the classics? That's why they are classics…geezus!



  9. 9

    NO! NO! NO! this is my favorite movie of all time and it could never ever be remde to the quality of the original!! just no please no



  10. 10

    WHY DOES HOLLYWOOD KEEP REMAKING MOVIES CAN'T THEY COME UP WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL? YOU CAN'T REMAKE A MOVIE THAT WAS GOOD. A REMAKE WOULD NOT BE THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL SO PLEASE STOP REMAKING ORIGINAL MOVIES.



  11. 11

    Why would you try to improve on perfection???? You will only come up way short…dumb idea. This movie BELONGS to Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.



  12. 12

    No Way… They cant remake this movie, leave it alone. This is a classic movie and it would be very disrespectful to Patrick. Do a movie to what happened next but this is a tasteless remake, I wont watch this.



  13. 13

    you know what…I think that's a fucking GREAT idea…cause the first one sucked ass…I mean NOBODY likes the first one, NOBODY ever went to see it in the theater, NOBODY talked about [or still does], NOBODY still stops changing the channel NOW to watch it for the 3 millionth time even on regular commercial ridden tv to watch it AGAIN!!!! YEAH REMAKE IT—-CAUSE ALL THE OTHER REMAKES HAVE DONE SOOOOOO WELL!!! IT'S A GREAT FUCKING IDEA. HOW STUPID ARE ALL THESE HOLLYWOOD ASSHOLES???



  14. 14

    YOU KNOW WHAT…I THINK BURLESQUE 2 IS A GREAT IDEA TOO!!!
    GIMME [GIVE US ALL] A FUCKING BREAK YOU UNTALENTED NON IDEA HAVIN FUCKIN IDIOTS!!! WHY ARE EVEN IN HOLLYWOOD IF THIS IS ALL YOU CAN COME UP WITH??



  15. 15

    NOOOOO!!!!! I was afraid when they started doing all these remakes from the 80's (like Footloose) that it would come to this next. This is a movie that should NEVER be touched! Granted Kenny Ortega is an awesome choreographer and director, but still you should never ever try to remake a movie like this. They attempted to sort of remake it with Havana Nights, and apparently there was another one after that, that like no one saw. I would not even want to be attached to this in any way if i worked in the industry. Please just leave our classic movies alone and come up with some new ideas. or try to remake really crappy 80s movies and try to make them good, not remake a good movie that will turn out to be nowhere near as amazing as the original.



  16. 16

    A disgrace.



  17. 17

    NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!! Why do that?? Leave classic movies alone. No one can replace Patrick



  18. 18

    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING– PLEASE COME UP WITH SOMETHING NEW !!!!!



  19. 19

    Stop remaking the classics!!



  20. 20

    I cant believe they are going to touch this movie, or give it the same name. It should be left alone. This is a disgrace specially in Patrick's honor. I will defintley not support this movie or any of the actors that choose to do this film.



  21. 21

    Is this necessary? NOT ANOTHER REMAKE.



  22. 22

    NOOOOOO!!!!! This is my favorite movie of all time!!! It DOES NOT need to be remade.
    What's wrong with Hollywood these days? Footloose? A Star Is Born? and now Dirty Dancing.
    Swayze would turn in his grave!



  23. 23

    What manner of evil would posses them to remake this…….but all in all I guess he's fine



  24. 24

    Can't anyone in Hollywood come up with an original idea anymore??



  25. 25

    Wow, for once the entire "Perez Posse" agrees on something! This idea blows!!



  26. 26

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! DO NOT REMAKE THIS CLASSIC.