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Dirty Dancing remake finds a director

Dirty Dancing

Story by Jack Foley

KENNY Ortega is to direct a remake of Dirty Dancing for Lionsgate, it has been confirmed.

The filmmaker, who choreographed the original, is best known for directing High School Musical and Michael Jackson movie This Is It.

In a statement to Variety, he said: “The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me. 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,” he added.

The original Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and took the form of a ’60s set coming-of-age story that follows a teenage girl (played by Jennifer Grey) who falls in love with her dance teacher (Swayze) while on holiday with her family.

It spawed a hugely successful soundtrack, including the hits Time of my Life and Hungry Eyes, and a successful stage show, which only ended its five-year run in the West End in July.

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The film’s original stars, meanwhile, became household names and Swayze, in particular, became one of the biggest box office draws of the late ’80s and early ’90s following hits such as Ghost and Point Break.

Sadly, Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in September 2009 at the age of 57.

Grey, 51, was crowned the winner of US show Dancing With The Stars last year.

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