‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Has a New Director

The director of High School Musical takes on the slumber party classic about abortions and a 30-something guy seducing a 17-year-old girl.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

I know this is a "Guy" thing, but why are so many male love interests in stories geared towards female audiences, like, creepily older than their female co-star? Edward Cullen's old enough to be Bella Swan's great-grandfather in Twilight, Humphrey Bogart had about 25 years on Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, Marianne Dashwood's at least fifteen years younger than Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, and Patrick Swayze had to be at least 30 when he seduced the unsettlingly named Baby, age 17, in Dirty Dancing. Those are all perfectly acceptable slumber party movies, by the way. Ah… Romance. And now it's about to be rekindled all over again in a remake of Dirty Dancing, brought to you by High School Musical director Kenny Ortega.

Wow… Makes you wonder how he's going to handle the abortion subplot, huh?

Actually, Kenny Ortega's had an interesting career as a director. In fact, his first narrative work was a couple episodes of the short-lived Dirty Dancing television series in 1988. Since then he's gone on to direct such family friendly pictures as Newsies, The Cheetah Girls 2 and Hocus Pocus, which Rob Zombie is pretty much remaking. Weird, right?

Deadline had the original story from Lionsgate.

CRAVE Online will be back with more weird romance news after we put Baby in a corner, which is a weird way of putting that, Patrick. Weird thing to say. Kinda creepy.