"Dirty dancing": Comedy director directs the sequel

“Dirty Dance”
Comedy director is directing the sequel

Their love story has enchanted since 1987: Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) and Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey).

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The “Dirty Dancing” sequel has found its director. Jonathan Levine is set to continue the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman.

The highly anticipated sequel to the cult film Dirty Dancing continues to take shape. According to the US industry website, the “deadline” has now been set, to which director Filmstudio Lionsgate entrusts the project. The choice is quite surprising, because Jonathan Levine (45) should take a seat on the director’s chair.

If the name doesn’t immediately tell you something: Levine has previously worked primarily as a director of comedies. Among other things, he made films such as “Long Shot – Improbable, but not impossible”, “The High League Three Kings” or “50/50 – Friends for (Over)Life”. His career got rolling in 2006 with the horror slasher “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”, before he even mixed both genres in 2013 – with the romantic zombie comedy “Warm Bodies”.

According to the report, Levine was initially only to produce the film and co-write the screenplay. But during the writing process he “fell in love with the old and the new characters”.

Homage to Patrick Swayze

It wasn’t until the end of April this year that it became known that actress Jennifer Gray (62) will once again play Frances “Baby” Houseman in the sequel. Her return was “the most important thing for us,” quotes “Deadline” director and producer Levine. “We’ll try to involve as many people from the original as we think is appropriate. We want to be respectful in every way we can.”

This also includes close contact with the relatives of “Dirty Dancing” actor Patrick Swayze (1952-2009), who played dance teacher Johnny Castle in 1987. “Johnny is a part of Baby’s journey through history,” Levine said. Swayze died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 57.

But you still have to be patient for concrete casting news apart from Gray. All that is said is that talks are currently being held and there should be a list of names that would be suitable for the male lead.

This is also known for the sequel

According to Levine, fans of the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack can already look forward to it. In addition to hip-hop from the 90s, the sequel will also fire off songs from the original. So it’s hard to imagine that “Time Of My Life”, “Hungry Eyes” and of course the ballad “She’s Like The Wind” sung by Swayze have to be omitted.

It is not yet clear when exactly the “Dirty Dancing” sequel can be expected. According to “Deadline”, production will start this year, with a rough release date of 2024.


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