Jennifer Grey Approves of Dirty Dancing Remake

Celebrity News Aug. 10, 2011 AT 10:36AM
Jennifer Grey Approves of Dirty Dancing Remake Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Baby's on board with this one!

In a Tuesday poll, 84% of Us Weekly readers said a just-announced remake of 1987's Dirty Dancing was a "Bad idea." But Jennifer Grey disagrees!

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The actress and Dancing with the Stars champ, 51, starred as Baby, opposite Patrick Swayze, in the beloved coming-of-age dance flick. And, naysayers be damned, she Tweeted her support of Lionsgate's plans to remake the classic -- with Kenny Ortega, the original's choreographer, at the helm as director.

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"I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake," Grey wrote Tuesday. "Blown away by all of the love expressed for #DirtyDancing. Makes me want to see it again. So grateful to have been a part of it."

She added in a statement to 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 said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

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Ortega, who directed the High School Musical films as well as an upcoming Footloose remake (out this October), said late Monday: "The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me."

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