Vestron Pictures, which began as a home video outfit in the early 1980s, made 'Dirty Dancing' but folded before it could make a sequel -- it was almost 17 years before 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,' was made by Veston's successor, Artisan, which also folded; the film was distributed by Lionsgate and bombed. But Lionsgate kept the rights, and is now moving forward with the remake.
Ortega, of course, went on to direct a couple episodes of the 'Dirty Dancing' TV series, all three 'High School Musical' productions (two TV features and a movie), the 'XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony' and, of course, the Michael Jackson documentary 'This Is It.'
No cast or screenwriter has been announced. It will be interesting to see how a 21st century 'Dirty Dancing' will play out -- will electo-trance-hip-hop be the music/dance of choice? If you remember, the original was about a naive young girl on vacation with her parents in the Catskills who gets initiated into the world of suggestive dancing (and sex) by a very hot dance instructor. Where will the film take place? Are there still naive young girls vacationing in the Catskills? What do you think?