LOS ANGELES (CBS4) — Would Patrick Swayze approve? The film that helped launch the late actor to stardom, “Dirty Dancing” is coming back to the big screen.

Lionsgate says it is remaking the 1987 film that starred Jennifer Grey as a naive dance student and Patrick Swayze as her teacher and lover.

The studio said Monday that Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original film, will direct the remake.

Ortega also directed pop singer Michael Jackson’s 2009 posthumous tour film “This Is It.”

Ortega says he is eager to discover and cast “the next breakout triple-threats” to define dancing for a generation, the way Swayze did in the original “Dirty Dancing.”

Swayze died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.

The Lionsgate announcement did not say when the remake will hit theaters.

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