If you’ll pardon such a tortuous intro, get ready to have the time of your life all over again as hit 80s movie Dirty Dancing is heading back to the big screen.
Hollywood studio Lionsgate has a planned remake of the Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey vehicle in the works and has drafted in Kenny Ortega to direct.
Ortega, whose previous directorial credits include High School Musical and the posthumous Michael Jackson flick, This Is It, choreographed the original Dirty Dancing and told Variety “the opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me.”
Lionsgate outlined their plans for the project in a statement, saying that “the remake will incorporate classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and brand-new compositions.”
Dirty Dancing, which told the story of a teenage girl’s love affair with a dance instructor in the 1960s, was an enormous success at the box office, going on to make $213,954,274 worldwide.
The film spawned a prequel, a TV series and has since been adapted as a West End musical, which ran for five years.
Lionsgate has yet to announce a release date for the new film.