Why do they feel the need to remake iconic films? I don't get it. There is literally an ocean of untapped ideas in this world just looking for a chance to see the light of day, yet they choose to remake a beloved classic. Again, I don't get it.
Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame is set to direct.
Who is rumored to be on the list of potentials for the lead roles? Well, so far we have:
Derek Hough, Chace Crawford, and Matthew Morrison for the role of Johnny Castle.
Lea Michele, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus for the role of Baby.
I don't know about you, but I can't see any of these actors/actresses as Johnny and Baby. Perhaps I'm just spoiled to the muscles, gentle demeanor, and raw sexiness of Patrick Swayze. Maybe it's the quirky adorableness of Jennifer Grey that has me turning my nose up at anyone new in these roles.
Despite the title and sultry dancing, there was a sweet innocence about the original film that endeared audiences to the characters and story. It was a coming of age love story where the dancing evoked feelings beyond what you might see any given night in a modern club.
There's another problem. My understanding is that this remake will be a "modernized" version. Part of the charm of the original was the era it portrayed. I absolutely cannot imagine a Dirty Dancing movie set in today's time. It just wouldn't be the same, in my opinion.
"Nobody puts Baby in the corner." Wonder what a modern Johnny might say..."Nobody blocks Baby on Twitter?"
They tried a prequel in 2004 called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. It can't compare to the original, and I dare say nothing ever will.
Maybe my loyalty to the original is keeping me from wanting to give this reboot a chance. In time, I'm sure I will give it a go, but there is no doubt, like many others, I will compare it to the original...if that's even possible.
For me, there will always be one Johnny and one Baby...and one Dirty Dancing: