August 10th, 2011
04:08 PM ET
Fans of the 1987 film aren’t happy about the upcoming remake, but the movie’s original star is perfectly content with the idea of an update.
Jennifer Grey, who played Baby, the teenage girl falling in love at a Catskills camp, tweeted her response Tuesday: "I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake."
Grey has a good reason to have faith in Ortega: He was the choreographer on the original film.
Lionsgate announced the remake plans and choice of director on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The opportunity to direct ‘Dirty Dancing’ is like returning home for me," said Ortega, who directed “High School Musical 3,” “Newsies,” “Hocus Pocus” and the Michael Jackson documentary “This Is It.”
“Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies,” Ortega added of the movie’s late male lead. “I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”
The original film earned $214 million worldwide, and in the 24 years since its release has sold more than 10 million copies on DVD. The 2004 sequel, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," flopped at the box office.
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