“Dirty Dancing” sequel with 90s hip-hop

Baby could be rocking to Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur in her corner very soon.

New details recently emerged for the sequel to 1987’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and Deadline says the story will feature ’90s hip-hop music.

Jennifer Gray will reprise her role as Frances “Baby” Houseman and also produce the feature film, set in the Catskill Mountains.

50/50 director Jonathan Levine is directing the film and co-writing the screenplay with Elizabeth Chomko, Deadline reported.

While music from the original film also makes an appearance, the sequel will feature hip-hop as well as the likes of Alanis Morisette and Liz Phair – although Levine has promised “we won’t ruin your childhood”.

“While the original ‘Dirty Dancing’ was always one of my favorite films, I never thought I would direct the sequel,” Levine said in a statement. “Co-writing has made me fall in love with the characters (new and old), the world of Catskills 1990’s New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original film to ’90’s hip-hop.”

He added, “I can’t wait to work with Jennifer to bring this beautiful tale of summer, romance and dance to a new generation of fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we won’t ruin your childhood. We will approach the task with finesse, ambition and above all love.”

The Lionsgate project is slated for release in 2024 and production is set to begin later this year.

Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing (1987)
Producers have held discussions with Swayze’s estate to allow for the late actor’s presence to be included in the sequel.
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No additional cast members have been announced, but it’s possible that original stars Kelly Bishop, Cynthia Rhodes and Jane Brucker could make an appearance, Deadline reported.

“We’re in the process of talking to people and we’re investigating,” Levine said. “The most important thing for us was having Jennifer on board. She is an invaluable employee. We’ll try to include as many people as possible from the original. We want to be respectful in every way.”

dr Houseman – Baby’s father – was played by theater legend Jerry Orbach, who died in 2004. Patrick Swayze, aka Johnny Castle, died in 2009.

The outlet also reported that despite Swayze’s death, the filmmakers are in talks with the Ghost star’s estate to leverage his presence in some way.

Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing (1987)
Gray produces and stars in the sequel to their legendary 1987 musical drama.
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“Johnny is a part of Baby’s journey through history,” Levine told Deadline. “This film is in dialogue with the original. We want to introduce this story to a whole new generation. However, Johnny’s absence plays a big part in the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story, but in a way it’s also a coming-of-age for Baby’s character.”

“‘Dirty Dancing’ is more than a film — it’s a cultural touchstone that continues to be a rite of passage,” said Erin Westerman, Lionsgate’s president of production, in a statement.

“As we approached the next chapter, we knew we had to honor the depth, relevance and heat of the original,” she added. “We were fortunate to have Jennifer as our guide and are thrilled to have Jonathan at her side at the helm because everything he does is structured and romantic – he always gives us goosebumps.”

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