Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman Revealed
The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
Guardians Of The Galaxy Review
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Latest Expendables 3 Trailer Wants To Punch Your Eyes
Bang and blame
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
10 June 2012
Dirty Dancing Remake Iced
Someone's put Baby in the corner again
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
Empire Star Rating
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Dirty Dancing (2007)
Empire Star Rating
High School Musical (2006)
Empire Star Rating
Hocus Pocus
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Dirty Dancing Remake Leaps Back To Life
For Kenny Ortega...

08 August 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Dirty Dancing Remake Leaps Back To Life

And so the wheel turns. Some of you might recall that Dirty Dancing was first mooted as a target for a remake back in 2009. Now Lionsgate is lifting the idea above its head as the music swells: the company has hired Kenny Ortega to direct the movie.

The film, which features Jennifer Grey and the late, lamented Patrick Swayze in the iconic roles of a young woman and the hunky, wifebeater-clad dance instructor she falls for, became a huge hit and remains a cult favourite to this day.

While the original production company took years to craft a sequel and collapsed before it arrived, Artisan nabbed the rights and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights was released in 2004, stumbling badly at the box office.

Ortega is something of a symbolic choice, since he was the choreographer on the original 1987 movie. “The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me,” said Ortega in a statement picked up by Deadline. “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.”

Since he moved to directing, Ortega has been responsible for the likes of Newsies, Hocus Pocus and the High School Musical outings on both TV and the big screen. His last movie was the Michael Jackson doc This Is It.

And they didn't even wait to see how the Footloose remake performs... Someone's feeling confident!


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Gerard Butler Becoming The Bricklayer
In a new thriller
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Why?
This is a waste of time and money. The original cannot be bettered so why bother. I, and my wife and daughter, would not see this film even on a wet winter Sunday. I would dig out the DVD. Ortega is obviously mental and believes he can do better with his favourite films (like Footloose). Leave them alone and do something original. More

Posted by wartek at 10:20 on 09 August 2011 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Michel Gondry Talks Mood Indigo
Gondry on Bjork, erections and Mark Ruffalo in his pants

Everything You Need To Know About The Dragonriders Of Pern
The lowdown on Warner Bros. new fantasy sci-fi

A Pocket Guide To Game Of Thrones’ New Cast Members
Know your Doran Martell from your Nym Sand

Empire's The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Covers Are Here
Bard The Bowman or Smaug The Magnificent?

Directors Special: Peter Hyams Goes Film-By-Film
The veteran director on Timecop, Outland, 2010, Enemies Closer and more

The 10 Biggest Stories Of Comic-Con 2014
The shocks to emerge from this year's geek-fest. Avengers! Max! Mann!

Models Inc.: The Inside Story Of Sideshow Collectibles
How the likes of Batman, Superman and Luke Skywalker become collectible figures

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)