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'Dirty Dancing' Remake to be Directed by Choreographer Kenny Ortega

The 1987 smash hit Dirty Dancing will be remade for the silver screen and directed by the film's original choreographer Kenny Oretga, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," said Ortega. "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."

It's not clear if the plot of the remake will follow the story of the original in which Frances 'Baby' Houseman (Jennifer Grey) visits a Catskills holiday resort with her family and falls in love with dance teacher Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Made for $6 million, Dirty Dancing is one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing $214 million worldwide. The soundtrack became a huge hit and featured such singers as Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes and Eric Carmen.

The film spawned a stage adaptation, a TV series and the unsuccessful 2004 flick Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, starring Romola Garai and Diego Luna, which told a similar story, but set the action in Havana.

No casting has been announced for the remake, but Eleanor Bergstein, who was the writer and co-producer of the original film, is in talks to produce, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


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