Jennifer Grey Will Have the Time of Her Life in a ‘Dirty Dancing’ Sequel
It's official! Baby is back.
Updated, August 7th, 2020, 9:35 a.m.: It had been called the "worst kept secret in Hollywood" that Jennifer Grey would be working on a Dirty Dancing sequel, but now that "secret" is officially out. Deadline reported that Lionsgate CEO, John Feltheimer, confirmed the news that a sequel movie is coming.
"It 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,” Feltheimer reportedly said.
All we know so far is that Grey will star and executive produce and it will be dance-related. (Well, we'd hope.) Jonathan Levine, who directed Warm Bodies, will spearhead the project. Honestly, we don't have to know much more to be stoked because nobody puts baby in a corner (for 33 years)!
Original story, July 15th, 2020: Jennifer Grey has something in the works, and it may just be a brand-new Dirty Dancing sequel movie. According to Variety, Grey has teamed up with Lionsgate to star in and produce a dance-related movie...a dance-related movie set in the 1990s. They officially have our attention.
Although Dirty Dancing was released in 1987, the film is actually set in the early 1960s. This means that if Grey *is* reprising her role as Baby, the then-17-year-old would be in her late-40s, early-50s. (Grey herself is currently 60, but looks 35, TBH.) Could she be gearing up to play the mother of a hopeful dancer? Or perhaps she returns to the Catskills resort where she met and fell for Patrick Swayze’s Johnny, and maybe she brings a dance program to a new generation?
Lionsgate previously acted on its ownership of Dirty Dancing by releasing a prequel to the original 1987 film, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, in 2004, featuring completely different characters.
The company refuses to release any more details about the upcoming Grey-helmed project, but if we do the math, things are starting to equal a Dirty Dancing sequel, don’t you think?
Plus, as if by magic, the lake in which Grey and Swayze, who passed away in 2009, shot that famous “lift” scene finally refilled itself after a 12-year drought.
Grey has stayed active in the dance world her entire life, and she even won Season 11 of Dancing With the Stars in 2010.
So, Lionsgate and Grey can stay mum all they want. But the rumors are starting to swirl and the stars are aligning.