Ready to have the time of your life?
An official sequel to the hit summer romance film Dirty Dancing is in the works. And it’s time to get excited, because Jennifer Grey is in on it!
The sequel announcement comes 33 years after the first film went to theaters.
Jennifer Grey charmed audiences in the original as Frances “Baby” Houseman, who spends an exhilarating summer vacation wrapped up in an affair with her slinky dance teacher, Johnny Castle — played by the incomparable Patrick Swayze.
Sources confirm that Grey will return for the film.
Unfortunately, Swayze died back in 2009 of pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
Details of the plot are scant right now. But, it looks like we can expect it to live up to its predecessor.
“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,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.
The sequel is being developed and produced by Jonathan Levine, who also directed films like 50/50 (2011) and Warm Bodies (2013).
Jennifer Grey is slated to star in the new Dirty Dancing flick. One can hope she will inject into the film those same qualities that captivated audiences back in 1987. The star is also an executive producer for the project.
The original film made $214m at the global box office. It has continued to see plenty of prosperity in its second life on home entertainment platforms.
Beyond that, Swayze and Grey’s iconic final dance scene continues to be a source of inspiration and has become a fixture of pop culture. References have popped up in movies like Crazy Stupid Love and tv shows like Family Guy.
The film’s key song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – which played for that iconic final dance scene – also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
In 2004, a spinoff film titled Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights was released to moderate reviews. The steamy flick was set in pre-revolution, late ’50s Cuba. Despite those mixed reviews, it arguably put Diego Luna and Romola Garai on the map. And notably, Swayze made a cameo as a dance teacher for the project.
ABC also created a three-hour live musical adaptation of Dirty Dancing in 2015, which starred Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing, and Nicole Scherzinger.