MONTE CARLO Writer to Pen Remake of DIRTY DANCING

     August 29, 2011

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Earlier this month, we reported that High School Musical director Kenny Ortega would helm the remake of Dirty Dancing.  Now Deadline is reporting that Monte Carlo screenwriter Maria Maggenti will handle the script.  The original story revolved around Frances (aka “Baby” and played in the original by Jennifer Grey), a young, upscale teen going to holiday camp over the summer with her family.  There she meets and falls for the camp’s handsome, slightly-brooding dance instructor (originally played by Patrick Swayze).  At the end of the film, she’s had the time of her life and never felt that way before.

I’m not sure what Ortega and Maggenti’s take on the new version will be, but I’m hoping that what I liked about the original—that Swayze’s character is basically the girl and Baby is the dominant one no matter how many corners she may be pushed into—will remain in the remake.  Dirty Dancing is the latest gig for Maggenti who also wrote an adaptation of Before I Fall and is finishing up My Name Is Memory.

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