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.
Now, two years after the project was first confirmed, the team has released new details on the plot, the soundtrack, and a possible tribute to Patrick Swayze. Here’s everything we know so far about the Dirty Dancing sequel.
The Dirty Dancing sequel is aiming to release in 2024.
Deadline reports that the much-anticipated sequel is expected to start filming later this year with a possible release in 2024. The film will see Baby returning to Kellerman’s resort in the ’90s, with her own storyline intertwining with a new romance involving a young couple at the resort. These stories will be soundtracked by a mix of ’90s tracks and songs from the original soundtrack, including Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes.”
“While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel,” director and co-writer Jonathan Levine said. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ‘90s hip-hop.”
“I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love,” he continued.
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.