Dirty Dancing 2 is really happening! 33 years after the fact but who’s counting? Yes, folks, Dirty Dancing is finally getting a sequel. But what about Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights?
THE OTHER DIRTY DANCING 2
With the success of the original, there would naturally be a desire to make Dirty Dancing 2. Unfortunately, a direct sequel never panned out. At least not until much later with the unnecessary Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. It’s hard to call it a sequel because the movie was set in Cuba in 1959, but it does carry the Dirty Dancing name. Surprisingly, Swayze makes an appearance in the movie as a dance class instructor, even dancing with the movie’s lead Katey (Romola Garai), but Grey did not make an appearance.
However, Grey was asked to play some part in the three-hour TV remake of Dirty Dancing. “I was asked to do something on that show and I was flattered because I always want to be asked because it’s nice to want to be included,” she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “But for me, it would be sacrosanct for me to do it because it didn’t feel appropriate to me.”
There was another reason why Grey said no. “It feels like if you’re going to do your own thing, do your own thing,” she added. “I wouldn’t say [what role was offered] but I will tell you, it wasn’t Baby!” So, what does this mean for the official sequel, Dirty Dancing 2?
GREY’S ALL IN
Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate confirmed what many in the biz already knew. Dirty Dancing 2 is a go and Baby will be back. Feltheimer told Deadline, “[Dirty Dancing 2] will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company’s history.”
Jennifer Grey will be reprising her role as Baby but other than that, details on Dirty Dancing 2 are very scarce. What is known is who will be behind the camera. Jonathan Levine (50/50, Long Shot) and Gillian Bohrer will direct the movie. The screenplay will be written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona).
As of now, there is no release date for Dirty Dancing 2. There is also no word on who will be choreographing the movie or what music will be included. While Jennifer Grey’s role as Baby is sure to be a major one, there is also no word as to who will be joining her in the cast.
As further information is given, Giant Freakin Robot’s entertainment team will let you know what’s up. Are you ready for Dirty Dancing 2?
BEFORE DIRTY DANCING 2, THERE WAS THE ONE AND ONLY
Before we talk about Dirty Dancing 2, we have to talk about the original film and its iconic status. We could focus just on Dirty Dancing. Or perhaps Patrick Swayze. Or even Jennifer Grey. Let’s start with Swayze and the role he played in this landmark piece of pop culture.
Patrick Swayze was in the process of building his resume in the ’80s, coming off movies such as The Outsiders, playing the older brother of C. Thomas Howell’s Ponyboy. He was then in Uncommon Valor, Red Dawn, and Youngblood before he took on the role of dance instructor Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. It was the role and film that would define his career.
Dirty Dancing told the story of Johnny Castle who, as the dance instructor of an upscale resort in the Catskills in the early 1960’s, meets and eventually falls in love with Jennifer Grey’s Frances Houseman, aka Baby.
The movie is well-known for its soundtrack – it won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for Best Original Song with “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – but is more well-known for its steamy dance sequences between Swayze and Grey.
Dirty Dancing was written by Eleanor Bergstein and is based on her own childhood. The film was made for a modest $6 million but has ended up with a worldwide take of over $217 million. Not a bad return. It is sad, though, that Swayze passed away back in 2009 at the young age of 57.
Jennifer Grey, on the other hand, didn’t have a large body of work before Dirty Dancing came knocking. She started with Reckless and then actually worked with Swayze on the 1984 movie Red Dawn.
However, her great comedic role as the sister of Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off definitely helped get her noticed. It didn’t hurt that dancing was in her family. Grey is the daughter of the Oscar-winning actor and dancer Joel Grey (Cabaret). Initially, she was paired with actor Billy Zane as he was shooting for the role of Johnny Castle, but the pairing didn’t fit. Enter Swayze and history.