Michael Jackson doc director lined up for ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake

Original film's choreographer chosen for director's chair

Kenny Ortega, the original dance choreographer for Dirty Dancing, has been picked to helm the remake.

Ortega, who has worked on the dance sequences for films ranging from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar, was also responsible for the Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It.

Speaking about the remake, Joe Drake, President of Lionsgate Films said:

Amazingly it has been almost 25 years since the original film was released. 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.

There is currently no word on who will star in the roles made famous by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

The original Dirty Dancing told the story of a young girl’s sexual awakening at the hands of her dance instructor, much to the chagrin of her wealthy family.

The first film was a huge success, grossing over $200 million (£123 million) on a $6 million (£3.7 million) budget, but an ill-advised sequel in 2004, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was a flop, barely scrapping back its budget.

As well as This Is It, Kenny Ortega has directed High School Musical 1-3, as well as episodes of Gilmore Girls and Ally McBeal.

No release date is set for the remake, but production is believed to be moving ahead quickly.