He was slated to helm the “Footloose” remake opening this Fall (Craig Brewer eventually got that), now director Kenny Ortega has signed on try another dance-fuelled 80’s remake – “Dirty Dancing” at Lionsgate says Deadline.
The 1987 original followed a posh young girl (Jennifer Grey) who falls for her dancing instructor (Patrick Swayze) in the Catskills. No word on what changes will be made to the story for this version.
Ortega in fact served as the choreographer on the original so is quite familiar with what made it work. No word on casting as yet, but the project is a high priority for the studio.