A 'Dirty Dancing' Sequel Is Officially Happening

Carla Harmon
August 7, 2020

Back in 1987, the small budget film directed by Emilie Ardolino became a smash hit as audiences fell in love with the story of Jennifer Grey's naïve and well-to-do Frances "Baby" Houseman who falls for Patrick Swayze's lower-class dance instructor, Johnny Castle, during a summer holiday at a resort much to the dismay of her high society family. Originally released in 1987, the film depicted the beautiful love story of Johnny Castle (played by Patrick Swayze), and Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey).

And during a studio earnings call on Thursday, Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer confirmed the news and joked it was "one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood". Details on the specifics of the film have yet to be announced, but it will reportedly be set in the 1990s.

There have been quite a few rumours about Dirty Dancing getting a sequel film and this time, fans have some more details to fully invest in the franchise's revival.

Gray, 60, will also serve as an executive producer on the film, while Jonathan Levine will direct.

Dirty Dancing also made history as the first film ever to sell over a million copies via home video.

"The dancing was mostly secondary to the hit song "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" which featured in it.

There were early reports last month that Grey was involved in a new dance movie and fans had hoped it was a Dirty Dancing sequel. Jennifer Grey is set to executive produce *and* star.

The stage version of Dirty Dancing received its West End premiere at the Aldwych Theatre in 2006, where it ran for five years.

The iconic film was originally released 33-years ago.

It's now unknown who else will star in the highly anticipated sequel 33 years following the original, but many fans have expressed their sorrow at the fact that Patrick Swayze, who passed away in 2009 won't be returning.

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