One of the most celebrated and referenced films in cinematic history, Dirty Dancing, has long been rumored to be receiving the sequel treatment. Now, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has confirmed that a sequel to the legendary film is indeed in development with Jennifer Gray attached to reprise her role from the original.
Moreover, the upcoming feature will be helmed by Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine. Additionally, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Five Feet Apart) are responsible for the project’s screenplay. The aforementioned Jennifer Gray is also on-board to executive produce the movie.
Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romantic drama dance film written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino. The film stars Gray and the late Patrick Swayze and focuses on a young woman who falls in love with a dance instructor at a holiday resort. The film earned over $214 million worldwide. Furthermore, the film’s accolades include an Academy Award, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. It helped launch the Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” to immense success. The cultural impact of the movie is evident in many shows and movies from the last 30 years.
“It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that has made it the biggest-selling library title in the Company’s history,” said CEO Feltheimer said during a Lionsgate shareholder earnings call.
Since her starring role as Baby, Jennifer Gray went on to star in a bevy of films and TV programs. The actress’s résumé includes starring roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bounce, and, most recently, Bittersweet Symphony.
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