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Jennifer Grey, who starred with Patrick Swayze in the original "Dirty Dancing," isn't horrified at the thought of a remake.
Hollywood Reporter
updated 8/10/2011 9:48:03 AM ET 2011-08-10T13:48:03

Many fans of the original "Dirty Dancing" didn't take kindly to the news that Lionsgate is planning to remake the 1987 classic.

After the studio announced the news Monday that Kenny Ortega would be directing the film, many took to Twitter to express their outrage.

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"Dirty Dancing remake? Really Hollywood? There is no way to top Swayze! End of story. #uncreativehollywood,” one tweeted Tuesday.

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But Jennifer Grey, who starred in the original alongside Patrick Swayze, is singing a much different tune.

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"I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake," Grey tweeted Tuesday.

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Grey goes way back with Ortega, in fact: He was the choreographer on the original.

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In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, she added: “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.”

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The original film earned $214 million worldwide, spawned a bestselling soundtrack of period tunes (including a hit from Swayze) and launched the phrase "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"

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In the 24 years since its release, the film has sold more than 10 million copies on DVD. It also prompted a 2004 sequel, "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," that failed to perform at the box office.

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  1. Skate king

    Patrick Swayze made his film debut in 1979's "Skatetown, U.S.A.," which co-starred Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Flip Wilson and Billy Barty and had the tag line, "The Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year!" (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Soldier's story

    Swayze co-starred opposite Gene Hackman and Robert Stack in 1983's "Uncommon Valor," a story about a group of Vietnam vets who reunite to return to Vietnam to rescue one man who was left behind. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Grease is the word

    Francis Ford Coppola featured a bunch of hot young actors including Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe in 1983's "The Outsiders." Based on S.E. Hinton's novel, the film tells the story of a group of greasers who get challenged by the rich "socs." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Keeping it civil

    Swayze starred opposite Lesley-Anne Down in the 1985 TV miniseries "North and South." The series told the story of two friends, one from the north and one from the south, who struggled to stay friends during the Civil War. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Hunks on ice

    Swayze starred opposite Rob Lowe in 1986's hockey drama, "Youngblood." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. The time of his life

    Jennifer Grey and Swayze created a coming-of-age classic with 1987's "Dirty Dancing." Though the stars reportedly didn't get along off screen, they managed to make sparks anyway. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Apocalypse now

    Swayze starred as a warrior in a post-apocalyptic world who wanders through the desert until he comes upon a group of settlers who need his protection in 1987's "Steel Dawn." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. More than a doorman

    Swayze stars as a tough bouncer hired to take care of the bullies who rule a rough bar in 1989's "Roadhouse." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Hungers for her touch

    In 1990's "Ghost," Swayze starred as a man who comes back from the dead to protect his wife (Demi Moore) from his killer. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Shake it

    On "Saturday Night Live," Swayze poked fun at his fit body in a skit with Chris Farley where they competed to become Chippendales dancers. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Daddy time

    In 1993's "Father Hood," Swayze stars as the father of two young crooks (Sabrina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall) and plans a big heist that could set them up for life. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. What a drag

    In 1995's "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Swayze starred as drag queens who get stranded in a small town while traveling across the country. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. He's a star

    Swayze kisses his wife, Lisa Niemi, after the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 1997. The couple married in 1975. (Susan Sterner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. On the mic

    Swayze appears at Borders Bookstore to sign copies of his movie "One Last Dance" on Aug. 24, 2005, in New York. The 2003 film tells the story of three veteran dancers who reunite to pay tribute to their dead mentor. (Bryan Bedder / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Perfect couple

    Swayze and his wife Lisa speak onstage during the Ninth Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on on Feb. 17, 2007. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for CDG) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. 'The Beast'

    Patrick Swayze stars as an FBI agent in the A&E TV series, "The Beast." Swayze filmed episodes of the crime drama while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. (A&E via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Happy family

    Swayze and his wife pose with their dogs, poodle Lucas, left, and Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Kumasai at their ranch in New Mexico on May 13, 2009. (Brian Braff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. In memoriam

    An actor in the musical "Dirty Dancing -- Das Original Live On Stage," signs a book of condolence for Swayze in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 15. (Tobias Schwarz / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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