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Original Choreographer For DIRTY DANCING Will DIRECT the Remake

Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate has hired High School Musical director Kenny Ortega to helm it’s remake of Dirty Dancing, the 1987 romance flick which he choreographed for stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Ortega will also produce the remake along with Debra Martin Chase (The Princess Diaries). Eleanor Bergstein who was the writer and co-producer of the original film is in current discussions to come on as an additional producer.

The remake will be a modernization and will include songs from the original film, songs from the 60’s, as well as new pieces.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 years the story follows a teen girl’s taboo romance with an older dancer.


In Lionsgate’s release Ortega Stated: “The opportunity to direct Dirt 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 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.”

Dirty Dancing is available to stream via Netflix, in HD no less.

Check out the trailer for the original film:

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