News of 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Draws Outrage

Fans of Patrick Swayze original express outrage on Twitter.

ByABC News
August 9, 2011, 5:44 PM

Aug. 9, 2011— -- Fans of the 1987 cult classic "Dirty Dancing" are seeing red following Monday's announcement by Lionsgate Studios that they have green-lighted the remake.

The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey musical romance was hugely popular when it was released and became one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing $214 million worldwide (it cost only $6 million to make). It also left its mark on popular culture. How often have you heard the phrase "Nobody puts baby in a corner" or the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life?"

That may explain the vitriolic comments on Twitter Tuesday.

"Lionsgate has announced a 'Dirty Dancing' remake. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. DIE IN A FIRE, MOVIE INDUSTRY," Linda from Seattle tweeted.

"Nothing will EVER compare to Dirty Dancing. I don't even know why they're gonna try to remake it. #PatrickSwayze will always be a legend," Alyssa Reale from Ohio wrote on her Twitter feed.

Many fans echoed Reale's comments, that no one could possibly fill the dancing shoes of Swayze, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2009, or recreate the chemistry between him and Grey.

That doesn't mean Hollywood won't try or that the betting for the lead actors hasn't already begun.

According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Justin Timberlake is the front-runner to fill Swayze's iconic role, followed closely by "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth and Derek Hough from "Dancing With The Stars."

Hough's close pal from the show, Carrie Ann Inaba, is already leading the campaign for him to win the role.

"If they do a dirty dancing remake - THEY BETTER USE DEREK HOUGH," she tweeted Tuesday.

Inaba is also rooting for "Glee" star Lea Michele to play love interest Baby, the role that made Grey famous.

But Paddy Power has Michele at number two after rising star Emma Stone. Julia Roberts' niece Emma Roberts is in third place.

With "Footloose," another '80s musical remake set to roll after the "Fame" redux flopped at the box office, it's understandable that there's not a whole lot of excitement in the Twittersphere about a "Dirty Dancing" remake.

But if there's a ray of hope, it's Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original and went on to helm the "High School Musical" movies and Michael Jackson's final screen bow, "This Is It."

Ortega is set to direct the new "Dirty Dancing," which Lionsgate announced will also be set in the '60s and includes some of the same music from the original.

For Ortega, it's about discovering the next Swayze.

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," he said in a Lionsgate press release. "Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."