Dirty Dancing sequel with Jennifer Grey gets a release date

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16 Jun 2022, 09:44

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the 1987 original Dirty Dancing

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Are you ready to have the time of your life? Because the release date for the Dirty Dancing sequel has finally been announced.

Get your dancing shoes on because Lionsgate has confirmed that the hotly-anticipated movie, which is a follow-up to the 1987 original film, will be hitting cinemas just days before Valentine’s Day in 2024.

What better date night than that?

Jennifer Grey, who played Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the original movie, will be reprising her role for the sequel, directed by Jonathan Levine.

The director recently admitted he “never imagined” he would be at the helm of one of his “favourite films”.

He said: "While the original ‘Dirty Dancing’ has always been one of my favourite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel.

"Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ‘90s hip-hop.”

Jennifer Grey

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Levine added: "I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans.

"And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love."

Previously, the director also said that the sequel will address the absence of Patrick Swayze’s character, Johnny after the actor sadly passed away from cancer in 2009.

He explained: "Johnny is part of Baby’s journey in the story. This film exists in a dialogue with the original. We want to introduce this story to a whole new generation.

“That said, Johnny’s absence looms large over the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story but also a coming-of-age for Baby’s character in a way.”

The Dirty Dancing sequel will be released on 9 February 2024.