The official sequel to the hit summer romantic film “Dirty Dancing” has been announced, 33 years after the release of the first film.
Jennifer Gray, who starred in the original as Francis “Baby” Hausman, whose summer camp is enlivened by an affair with her dance hip dance teacher Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), will return for the film, it was confirmed.
Swayze died in 2009 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.
Gray will also be the executive producer on the project. Little is known about the plot of the film, but it will be directed by Jonathan Levin (50/50, Warm Bodies).
Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer said: “This will be exactly the romantic, nostalgic film that franchise fans have been waiting for, and it has made it the best-selling library title in the company’s history.”
The original film made $ 214 million (£ 164 million) at the global box office on a $ 6 million budget and had a prosperous second life on home entertainment platforms.
The key song of the film, (I Had) The Time of My Life, won an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The climate scene, in which the couple dances to the song, which ended with an impressive lift, has become an attachment to the pop culture reference.
The immersion of Secret Cinema was first played in 2016 and was supposed to be in its London line in July 2020, but was postponed for a year.
In 2004, a spin film, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, starring Diego Luna and Romola Garay, was released in 1958 in Cuba and received moderate reviews.