Lionsgate plans to film a new version of the 1987 film, with High School Musical director Kenny Ortega directing.
The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me,' Ortega, who choreographed the original 1987 film, told EW.com.
The story of a teenagers first love propelled stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey to international fame. Its soundtrack yielded karaoke classics, and the costumes still resonate in fashion collections (we see it in the Chloe dress that Kirsten Dunst wore
to a Cannes Film Festival event, dont you?).
Ortega hasnt announced any casting news, but British bookmakers Paddy Power are already taking bets on the male and female leads. Justin Timberlake is the favourite for the role of Johnny, while Emma Stone
is leading the Baby stakes. Frankly, with her nose, wed bet on Glee star Lea Michele
, currently in second place, but Ortega suggested that he might look past the big names to cast unknown actors.
I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I cant wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats, he said.