'Dirty Dancing' Remake Director Speaks!
Let’s set the record straight: there’s no script, thoughts on casting or ideas about which iconic moments will be recreated, but the one thing director Kenny Ortega’s planned Dirty Dancing remake has is a lot of haters.
“We have a big challenge and a long road ahead of us,” Oretga told TheInsider.com after judging last night’s penultimate So You Think You Can Dance of season eight. “All I can say is that I hope we can bring something unique and original to help change the naysayers minds about the film.”
Interestingly, Ortega himself originally doubted the remake as well. “Saying yes to this project was a really tough decision for me, and one that I wrestled with for a long time,” he says. “I had to be won over too.”
“But I know one thing for sure, [when it comes to casting] I’m not looking for someone to fill Patrick Swayze’s shoes, or Jennifer Grey’s shoes. They’re one of a kind and they deserve to be called that.”
Turns out Ortega didn’t have to look too far to find a potential cast member, as he told SYTYCD finalist Melanie Moore, live on the air, that she’s got a role waiting if she wants it! “She’s such a gifted woman. Melanie is an actress who can dance and those are my favorite kind of dancers to work with.”
Fans of the 1987 classic can also hold out hope that the original Baby might be returning to the Catskills as well! “Everyone saw what Jennifer’s still capable of on Dancing with the Stars, wouldn’t it be fun to bring her back too? I want to put that out there and see what she says!”
Looks like it’s your move, Jennifer!