Lionsgate confirmed that Jennifer Grey will be starring and executive producing the project.
The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey dance classic Dirty Dancing is by far the greatest film to emerge out of 1987 thanks to the massive cultural impact it has had, and lest we forget, the millions in fanbase it has amassed. Even though the film released about 34 years ago, people still continue to rave about the romantic-drama being the best ever dance movie of all time, epitomized by its climax. For fans of the film who still remember watching the movie like it was only days ago, there's some amazing news—Lionsgate is working on a sequel. According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the news a few months ago during the company's quarterly earnings speech.
Dirty Dancing Sequel Starring Jennifer Grey Announced 33 Years After Original Hit Theaters https://t.co/xkf7YBRDAJ— People (@people) August 7, 2020
Speaking during the meeting, Feltheimer said: "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 from Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. 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.” This report arrived a few weeks after the studio announced that Grey is working with execs to flesh out a dance movie that would likely hit the theatres in the coming years. But, as other reports have emerged, it is looking increasingly likely that Grey will star and executive produce the movie that is expected to be set in the '90s—a timeline of a good two and a three-quarter decade away from the initial film.
The speculation holds a lot of water, considering Lionsgate continues to hold the distribution rights for the franchise. Even though producers have remained tight-lipped about the project, diehard fans of the original are looking forward to a throwback to a much-changed Catskills. In addition to this, Feltheimer also spoke about the possibility of bringing two more installments of Keanu Reeves-starrer John Wick to the cinemas. Meanwhile, the untitled Dirty Dancing continuity movie will bring the largely invisible Grey back into the fray after more than three decades, who only featured in a handful of TV series including Grey's Anatomy and The Corners since the 2010s. The actress became a household name reprising the role of Frances "Baby" Houseman, the love interest and dance student under the charming Johnny Castle, played by the unforgettable Patrick Swayze.
So excited for this..Jennifer Grey will make Patrick Proud I'm sure.... The original will always be iconic.— BobbieCrownfield (@BCrownfield) August 7, 2020
This news is refreshing for fans to hear as Grey had passionately denied wanting to be part of any sequel to the movie in the past, even refusing to work on ABC's revival of the title as a TV movie several years ago. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, the now 60-year-old actress said: "I was flattered, because I always want to be asked because it's nice to want to be included. But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it, because it didn't feel appropriate to me. It feels like if you're going to do your own thing, do your own thing." The 1987 flick was a global blockbuster amassing over $217 million on a production budget of just $5 million. Besides earning acclaim from fans all over the world, the film also bagged an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the song "I've Had The Time Of My Life" by Frank Previte.