Baby is coming again. More than three many years after its authentic launch, “Dirty Dancing” is getting a sequel. Lionsgate first teased the information throughout its CinemaCon presentation on April 28, which featured footage from the movie and a narrator saying, “Jennifer Grey returns to Kellerman’s within the subsequent chapter.”
Filmmaker Jonathan Levine of “Warm Bodies” and “Long Shot” will direct the sequel, which he has cowritten with Elizabeth Chomko. In an interview with Deadline, Levine revealed that the movie has not but been forged, although this time, Baby’s story will intermingle with one other plot that facilities round a younger girl spending the summer season on the Kellerman’s resort. The group apparently is within the technique of narrowing down candidates to play that function.
Levine disclosed that the film will characteristic a number of tracks from the primary movie, together with the music “Hungry Eyes.” It reportedly may even embody ’90s hip-hop and will characteristic tracks by Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair.
Levine is nicely conscious of the stakes of the sequel. “While the unique ‘Dirty Dancing’ has at all times been certainly one of my favourite movies, I by no means imagined I’d direct the sequel,” he mentioned within the interview. “Through cowriting it, I fell in love with the characters (new and outdated), the world of Nineteen Nineties Catskills New York, and the music, which is able to vary from songs from the unique film to ’90s hip-hop. I can not wait to collaborate with Jennifer to deliver this lovely story of summer season and romance and dancing to a era of recent followers. And to the longtime ones, I promise we is not going to wreck your childhood. We will deal with the task with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.”
Released in 1987, “Dirty Dancing” follows Frances “Baby” Houseman, performed by Grey, throughout her trip on the Kellerman’s resort within the Catskills in New York. There, she turns into enmeshed within the private lives of the resort’s working-class workers, finally falling in love with dance teacher Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) as he teaches her choreography — together with the movie’s iconic carry.
The sequel might be lacking Swayze, who died of pancreatic most cancers at age 57 in 2009. It’s nonetheless not clear how the movie will incorporate his character, however Levine advised Deadline that “Johnny is part of Baby’s journey within the story.” He added that “this movie exists in a dialogue with the unique. We wish to introduce this story to an entire new era. That mentioned, Johnny’s absence looms giant over the story, so it is a coming-of-age story but additionally a coming-of-age for Baby’s character in a means.”
It’s been nicely documented that Swayze and Grey didn’t have the most effective working relationship, which Grey spoke about in a latest People interview. “We weren’t a pure match. And the truth that we would have liked to be a pure match created a rigidity,” she mentioned. “I really feel like if I may say something to him now I’d say, ‘I’m so sorry that I could not simply admire and luxuriate in who you have been, as a substitute of me wishing you have been extra like what I wished you to be.'”
Grey publicly mirrored on her profession in her memoir “Out of the Corner,” launched on May 3. The guide’s title is a nod to Swayze’s most well-known line in “Dirty Dancing”: “Nobody places Baby within the nook.”