A ‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel with Jennifer Grey Is Coming

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If you’ve been longing to return to the ground of Kellerman’s Resort for decades like we have, you’re in luck. Lionsgate has just announced that a Dirty Dancing sequel is on the horizon.

Directed by Jonathan Levine, the film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on February 9, 2024. Yes, you read that correctly—it’ll be a few more years before we can feast our eyes on a hot summer of dancing.

Back in August 2020, Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement about the return of Frances “Baby” Houseman. “And to reveal one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood, we’re pleased to confirm that Jennifer Grey will both executive produce and star in a new Dirty Dancing movie for Lionsgate. 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.”

According to Variety, the sequel will also be titled Dirty Dancing and will feature music from the OG movie (like “Hungry Eyes”), plus a little ’90s hip-hop. Although original star Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the production team is also in conversation with the late actor’s estate about including his character Johnny in a respectful manner.

“Johnny is a part of Baby’s journey in the story,” director Levine tells Deadline. “This film exists in a dialogue with the original. We want to introduce this story to a whole new generation. That said, Johnny’s absence looms large over the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story but also a coming-of-age for Baby’s character in a way.”

Not much else is known about the plot of the sequel, but Grey shared with Good Morning America that “there will be dancing [and] there will be a lot of music and romance.” As she returns to Kellerman’s Resort, Baby will be reflecting on her time with Johnny in her youth. According to Harper’s Bazaar, her story will also be “intertwining with a new romance involving a young couple at the resort.”

Be sure to check back as more details come to light.

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