The original Dirty Dancing movie became a worldwide phenomenon following its release in 1987. Having already inspired a number of spin-offs and re-creations, it’s officially been announced that a Dirty Dancing sequel is really happening, and Jennifer Grey, who famously portrayed Frances “Baby” Houseman in the original film, will return.
Here’s everything we know so far about the Dirty Dancing sequel.
BABY WILL BE BACK FOR THE DIRTY DANCING SEQUEL.
Fans of the original Dirty Dancing will be elated to hear that Baby herself, Jennifer Grey, is coming back for the sequel. Deadline confirmed that Grey would be both starring in and producing the sequel, meaning that she’s heavily involved in the production.
Grey’s involvement in the sequel is particularly important as the actress previously turned down the chance to appear in ABC’s 2017 remake, which starred Abigail Breslin. Grey told The Hollywood Reporter at the time, “I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me.”
THE DIRTY DANCING SEQUEL HAS DIRECTORS AND WRITERS ATTACHED.
According to Deadline, Jonathan Levine, who is known for his work on Warm Bodies, 50/50, and Long Shot, will direct the sequel, and is working with production executive Gillian Bohrer, who had a hand in Twilight, on the project. The screenplay is being written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, who recently penned Five Feet Apart and The Curse of La Llorona.
GET READY FOR SOME NOSTALGIA.
Lionsgate’s CEO, Jon Feltheimer, opened up to Deadline about the movie, which he called “one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood.” Feltheimer explained, “It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the Company’s history.”
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