Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

Baby is back.

It was first announced by Lionsgate at this year’s CinemaCon back in April, and now the project is moving forward. The untitled Dirty Dancing sequel, which features the original movie’s star, Jennifer Grey, reprising her role as Baby, will open in theaters in time for Valentine’s Day in 2024.

According to Deadline, here is what the movie is about: “In part 2, Baby (Grey) takes us back to Kellerman’s Resort for a story of summer, young romance, and dancing.” So not exactly a bold departure from the source material, then.

The sequel will be directed by Jonathan Levine, whose previous work includes 50/50The WacknessAll the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and the Seth Rogen comedies 50/50, The Night Before, and Long Shot. The script is by Levine, with Elizabeth Chomko, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis.

The original Dirty Dancing’s director, Emile Ardolino, passed away in 1993. Grey’s co-star in the film, Patrick Swayze, died in 2009. It’s not clear yet how or if the film will address Swayze’s absence; in the original movie, he played the Kellerman’s dance instructor who falls in love Baby.

Previous attempts to extend the Dirty Dancing franchise include a 2004 prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, which included a Swayze cameo, and a stage musical version.

The Dirty Dancing sequel will open in theaters on February 9, 2024. It had better be titled Dirtier Dancing. Meanwhile, Lionsgate’s big-screen version of Judy Blume’s famous novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret will now open on April 28, 2023, instead of in the fall of this year.

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By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.