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'Dirty Dancing' remake gets green signal from Patrick Swayze's widow

August 12, 2011 - Washington

Late Patrick Swayze's wife, Lisa Niemi, has given the green signal for the remake of the 1987 hit film 'Dirty Dancing'.

Kenny Ortega, the mastermind behind the film's original choreography and natural choice as director of the remake, said he has gotten the green light from Niemi, 55, plus the original cast and crew.

"Jennifer [Grey] and I have been talking and she's been so supportive, as has Lisa Swayze and [producer] Eleanor Bernstein, and I couldn't be more thankful for the outreach that has happened from the cast and crew members from the original movie," Us magazine quoted Ortega as saying.

"They've all said 'Go, Ken!'" he added.

Justin Timberlake, Derek Hough and Lea Michele are rumoured to be the frontrunners for the lead roles, but there is no confirmation on it from Ortega.

"I haven't read anything yet," he stated.


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