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C’mon, people – at least it will probably end up better than Havana Nights.

Late last night the news broke that Lionsgate studios had given the green light to a remake of the 1987 Patrick Swayze / Jennifer Grey film Dirty Dancing. The film, in some people’s opinion, serves as one of the ultimate romantic tales in cinema. To some, not so much.

But to each his own. It is impossible to deny the popularity and cultural impact of the film. It has the distinction of being one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing $214 million worldwide after costing only $6 million to make. Its mark on pop culture is massive – I mean, how often do you her “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” or “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

The director for the new project is Kenny Ortega, who served as the choreographer on the original 1987 film. After that he went on to direct Newsies, Hocus Pocus and more recently helmed the High School Musical films.

To Ortega, it’s about discovering the next Swayze –

“The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me…. 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.”

If Ortega “can’t wait,” it seems that the Twitterverse can. Although not as vitriolic as the hatred behind the Brett Favre comeback idea, this is one of the bigger backlashes I’ve seen in a while –

Explain how we can possibly live in a world of good when a “Dirty Dancing” remake gets green-lighted? 3 hours ago via Twidroyd for Android · powered by @socialditto

A remake of Dirty Dancing? Without Patrick Swayze?! oh hell no bitch!!! The original was flawless that better be a rumor -.- 52 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Lionsgate has announced a ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. DIE IN A FIRE, MOVIE INDUSTRY. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Nothing will EVER compare to Dirty Dancing.. I don’t even know why they’re gonna try to remake it. #PatrickSwayze will always be a legend. 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

I’m not going to say that the outrage is a little more prominent from the female Twitter population, but let’s just say that this is one of the only Tweets I’ve seen from a male Twitter user in the last few minutes –

I have never seen Dirty Dancing. 2 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

All chick-flick jokes aside, what do you think about the remake? Could it succeed if the casting goes right? Who would you want to see in the iconic roles? MTV just posted an open letter to Kenny Ortega asking him to cast Ryan Gosling in the Swayze role.

I just hope that Ortega brings some dark realism into the film like Christopher Nolan has done with the Batman reboot.

[Image Courtesy IMDB]

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  • http://www.twitter.com/trivedirahul seo ahmedabad

    hmm…lots of mixup feed backs.
    Look like people are not interested in it…

  • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

    You don’t mess with perfection.

  • Lisa Battistin Bowman

    Hmmm…. can’t Hollywood come up with new material?

    I’m not normally a big fan of remakes but in some instances I do believe they have their place. I loved Lon Chaney as Quasimodo in the 1920s-something silent version. The acting was phenomenal. But I also loved the remake that was done in the 1930s with Charles Laughton. [Silent to talkies - I get it.] And then there is the Disney animated version – it appeals to kids and maybe someday they will grow up and read the literature. [Hey, I can hope can't I?]

    In the case of Dirty Dancing, the first thing I’m thinking is “why”? Because it was one of the most profitable? The remake will NOT achieve the same ratio of profit. [All involved should realize that just by the outcry it is receiving - I know I will not go to the movies and lay out my hard earned cash to see it - I have the original]. The original was just that – original. Wake up, Hollywood [and elsewhere these days]. Quit recycling and be what you were meant to be — CREATIVE. So Create!

    Take a lesson from the Harry Potter phenomena – totally original, fully researched, entertaining, and flowed from book to book with continuity that will probably never be rivaled. Imagine that – how successful that mega enterprise is now and not one sex scene in the movie/s. And it appeals to ALL AGES.

    Ryan Gosling is a wonderfully believable actor and I enjoyed him tremendously in the 2 movies of his I saw [Murder by Numbers and The Notebook] but I believe it wouldn’t do his career any good to take on this role. Can you imagine being compared to Patrick Swayze – you are naturally going to lose. [His mother was a dance instructor and he had to "practice" daily for many years - and then there is the iconic factor because of his tragic death - not saying this is right, but it WILL happen]. — [some] people will resent him just for taking on the role.

    No, do not re-make Dirty Dancing. It would be like trying to remake The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind, The Green Berets, To Hell and Back and Animal House. Leave well enough alone and come up with something new.

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Josh Wolford

      while not exactly a remake, they are doing this prequel thing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205/

      • Lisa Battistin Bowman

        Sorry for the mis-understanding, Josh. From the article, I thought it was a remake. Not sure of my feeling on a “prequel”.