DIRTY DANCING is being remade. Is nothing sacred in Hollywood anymore?!

Pic courtesy of Lionsgate

One of my pet peeves at the moment is the lack of originality in Hollywood. It seems like all the good ideas have run out and Hollywood execs think it’s a good idea to remake old classics. Sometimes it’s a good thing, but there are some movies that are so good that they don’t need to be remade. One of those films is Dirty Dancing.

Dirty Dancing is a classic that is still as good to watch as it was the first time, and new generations can enjoy getting to know Bad Boy dance teacher Johnny (Patrick Swayze) and innocent summer camp attendee Baby (Jennifer Gray), as much as the first generation did in 1987 (and many generations have since then!). So imagine my horror today when I read that Hollywood is going to remake Dirty Dancing!

Kenny Ortega, who incidently choreographed the original, is going to direct the remake. He told http://www.digitalspy.com: “The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me. Growing up in the ’60s 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.”

I like Kenny Ortega but I don’t like the fact that he is remaking this classic. Please leave it alone! If you want to bring it to the screen for a new generation then just bring the 1987 version to the big screen or new generations can just buy/rent the DVD! This is the film that really defined Patrick Swayze. Please honour his memory by not remaking it!

Here are a couple of my favourite scenes – including my favourite quotes: “I carried a watermelon” and “Nobody puts baby in a corner” and the famous finale dance:

It’s not too late to back out of this Lionsgate, and anyone else involved! And please please please Hollywood do not even think about remaking Grease or ET!

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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