Classic “Dirty Dancing” film to get Hollywood remake

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters Life!) – The classic 1987 film  “Dirty Dancing” is getting a remake, adding songs from the  1960s and brand new compositions to some of the original music,  film studio Lionsgate said yesterday.

The beloved coming of age movie, starring the late Patrick  Swayze as smoldering dance teacher Johnny Castle in a forbidden  romance with teenager Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman,  will be modernized for a new generation, producers said.

Kenny Ortega, the film’s original choreographer and the  director of the Michael Jackson concert movie “This Is It” and  “High School Musical”, will direct the new version which has  not yet been cast.

“Amazingly it has been almost 25 years since the original  film was released, but the fans remain legion, and engaged more  than ever with a brand that is special and vital to them. We  believe that the timing couldn’t be better to modernize this  story on the big screen, and we are proud to have Kenny Ortega  at the helm,” Lionsgate film group president Joe Drake said in  a statement.

Swazye died in 2009 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.  Grey hit the headlines again in 2010 when she won the TV show  “Dancing With the Stars”.

“Dirty Dancing” won Oscars for best music and best original  song for its emotional closing number “(I’ve Had) The Time of  My Life”, and has sold more than 10 millions units on DVD, as  well as inspiring a hit stage show in London and six other  countries.

A “Dirty Dancing” Facebook page has more than 10 million  fans, cementing the 1987 movie’s status as one of the most  beloved movies of modern times.

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