Nobody puts 'Dirty Dancing' in the corner: Remake OK'd for Patrick Swayze classic
We should have seen this coming: Dirty Dancing is the next '80s classic to get a big-screen Hollywood remake. Lionsgate studio says it has officially OK'd a new take on the 1987 film that starred Jennifer Grey as a young romantic/dance student and the late Patrick Swayze as her bad-boy teacher/lover.
Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original film, will direct the new movie, Lionsgate said. Ortega, who went on to direct High School Musical and Michael Jackson's This Is It, reportedly is eager to cast "the next breakout triple-threats" to define dancing for a generation.
Hmmm, that sounds like maybe the remake will be set in a different era. Probably a good idea, since today's movie-goers would have trouble related to the original, set in the '60s in a holiday camp in New York's Catskills mountains.
If Ortega is planning on tinkering with the original, I have a few ideas to contribute...
FIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR A DIRTY DANCING REMAKE:
1. MODERNIZE THINGS: Instead of the '60s or modern times, let's set the new Dirty Dancing in ... the '80s! Instant buy-in from the fans of the original movie.
2. CHANGE THE TUNES: Some of the charm of the original came from hearing tunes we hadn't listening to in 20 years. Do it again, but pick some of the underrated and forgotten tunes from the '80s. Maybe even some from bands we'd never heard of. This will require actual work. But I know an '80s blogger out there who's up to the job, Kenny.
3. HONOR THE ORIGINAL: Remake Swayze's ballad She's Like the Wind. It will providing a fitting tribute to the late actor. But maybe work it into the plot a little better.
4. TWEAK THE PLOT: Ditch the "Daddy's Girl" sideplot. That doesn't play today. Drop the "Baby" nickname too (unless you won't to use it once or twice as a wink to the original). Instead make the female lead detached from her family. Yeah, teens will LOVE that.
5. ADVANCE THE STORY: So what happened after the Big Lift? Did Frances and Johnny end up together? Maybe they bought a nice little flat in Shermer, Illinois. Now that sounds like a proper remake of an '80s movie.