Or everyone who loves classics: the wait is over.
That’s right, Dirty Dancing is finally getting a sequel, and we have a lot of new details on what it will look like.
First of all, Jennifer Gray, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman in the original, will play her famous character – and the movie will be set in the 1990s, three decades after the original.
While the other cast members are yet to be confirmed, several other stars of the first film are likely to return as well.
According to Deadline, the film will continue the story of an adult baby as well as the story of another young woman coming of age at Kellerman’s summer camp.
The sequel will also be produced and directed by Jonathan Levine, who cut the teeth for Warm Bodies and Nine Perfect Strangers, who wrote the sequel alongside Elizabeth Chomko. Gray is also an executive producer.
“The most important thing for us was to have Jennifer on board. She was an invaluable collaborator,” Levine told Deadline.
“We will try to draw as many people from the original as possible. We want to be respectful in every way.”
He also said that the sequel, which will also be called Dirty Dancing, will deal with the absence of Johnny – Patrick Swayze passed away in 2009. In addition to negotiations with his estate, it was also confirmed. acknowledges that Swayze’s character will not be reimagined.
“Johnny is part of Baby’s journey in the story,” says Levine.
“This movie exists in a dialogue with the original. We wanted to present this story to a whole new generation.
“That said, Johnny’s absence has a huge impact on the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story but it’s also a coming of age for Baby’s character in a way. .”
Levine also shared her experience writing the sequel.
“While the first Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct a sequel…through co-writing, I fell in love with the characters. (new and old), the world of the 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, will include songs from original movies to ’90s hip-hop,” he said.
“I can’t wait to work with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dance to a new generation of fans.
“And to the old-timers, I promise we won’t ruin your childhood. We’ll tackle the job with flair, ambition and, above all, love.”