London: The iconic 1987 film ‘Dirty Dancing’ is getting a remake, film studio Lionsgate has announced.
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 modernised for a new generation, producers have 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,” the Telegraph quoted Lionsgate film group president Joe Drake as saying in a statement.
“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,” they added.