Even though there was much outcry when it was announced (in August), it looks like the Dirty Dancing remake is still going ahead.
Today, Lionsgate announced that the remake will be released on 26 July 2013.
Kenny Ortega, who incidently choreographed the original, is going to direct the remake. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Ortega’s film will pay tribute to the classic tale of Baby’s forbidden summer romance with Johnny Castle, while incorporating classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and new compositions.”
Back in August when the announcement of the remake was made, 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.”
Casting is yet to begin, although with a release date set, I’m sure this will be happening soon. It will be interesting who is chosen to fill the big/iconic shoes of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray.
I am still doubtful about this remake as I feel that 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 have since then!). That said, I am hoping that I am proved wrong on 26 July 2013.
Here’s the original 1987 trailer: