Jennifer Grey 'excited' about 'Dirty Dancing' remake
Jennifer Grey appears to endorse the idea of a remake of the movie that helped make her famous - "Dirty Dancing."
It was announced earlier this week that Kenny Ortega, the choreographer of the original 1987 film, would serve as the director of a reboot. He also helmed the 2009 Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" and three "High School Musical" films.
The actress later said in a statement carried by The Wall Street Journal: "I'm so excited about this news and I think there's nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one. I can't wait to see what he's going to do with it."
Grey was 26 when she filmed "Dirty Dancing." She played a teenager named Baby, who begins a summer romance with her dance instructor, portrayed by Patrick Swayze, despite disapproval from her parents. The cast of the "Dirty Dancing" remake has not been announced.
"The new film is a celebration of one of the most beloved movies of all time," the movie's studio, Lionsgate, said in a statement. "Paying tribute to the emotional excitement of first love, the thrills and complexity of sexual awakening, the soul stirring power of dance, and the classic tale of teenage Baby's forbidden romance with Johnny Castle, the remake will incorporate classic songs from the 1960s, hits from the original film and brand new compositions. "
The film spurred the hit song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which was recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. The Black Eyed Peas sampled the track in the 2010 single "The Time (Dirty Bit)."
The original "Dirty Dancing" movie grossed $214 million worldwide in 1987. A sequel called "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" was released in 2004 and featured a cameo by Swayze. The actor and dance pro died in 2009 at age 57 after battling pancreatic cancer.
Grey is also known for her role as jealous sister Jeanie in the 1986 comedy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Several years after "Dirty Dancing" was released, she had a nose job and her film career stalled.
"My idea was to look the same - just slightly different, a little better," People magazine quoted her as saying. "But it was like a really bad dream. I went from being completely recognizable by everyone to not at all by anyone."
Grey has since joked about the matter. In the past two decades, she starred in several television movies, played Mindy on an episode of "Friends" and had a recurring role on the series "John from Cincinnati." During the next few years, she voiced characters on the Disney television program "Phineas and Ferb."
In 2010, she appeared on ABC ballroom dancing contest 'Dancing With The Stars' and won, along with partner Derek Hough. Check out photos of her on the show.