Nobody puts baby in a corner.
Jennifer Gray is set to have the time of her life all over again in the sequel to 1987’s ‘Dirty Dancing.’
Lionsgate made a presentation at Cinemacon in Las Vegas yesterday where they announced the new flick alongside old clips from the romance drama.
“Jennifer Gray returns to Kellerman’s in the next chapter,” said a voiceover.
Kellerman’s was the Catskills resort where Gray’s character Frances “Baby” Houseman and her family vacationed when she discovered dancing and Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle, eventually falling in love with him.
The world of “Dirty Dancing” has expanded in the past with two other poorly received projects.
In 2004, a prequel film titled Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights was released, which had very little in common with the original film and brought the setting to Central America amid the Cuban Revolution of the 1950s.
Swayze – who died in 2009 at the age of 57 – had a cameo as a dance teacher. The prequel received bad reviews, but the soundtrack was quite satisfactory.
ABC then commissioned a made-for-television remake of “Dirty Dancing,” which bombarded ratings with its musical song covers and added unnecessary scenes to stretch a three-hour time slot.
Whispers of Gray’s involvement in a potential sequel first hit home in 2020, when Deadline reported that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer described the project as “one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood.”
“It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic film that fans of the franchise have been waiting for and that has made it the best-selling library title in the company’s history,” Feltheimer said on a conference call at the time.
The ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ actress is releasing her new memoir ‘Out of the Corner’ on May 3 and went into great detail about her life as one of the top stars of the 1980s.
Ahead of her book release, she spoke to People about getting a nose job shortly after the premiere of Dirty Dancing.
Her mother had urged her to get a nose job after the film’s release.
“She loves me, has loved me, always loved me, and she was pragmatic because she said, ‘You know what? It’s too hard to cast you. Make it easier for them.” And then I did it, and she was right,” Gray told the outlet.
Once she had a second nose job, which she described as “anti-rhinoplasty,” Gray went to a red carpet event with Michael Douglas — who didn’t even recognize her.
“It was the first time I went public. And it became the thing, the idea of being completely invisible from one day to the next. In the eyes of the world, I wasn’t me anymore. and the weird thing was that I’ve fought it my whole life, and that’s what made me so mad at my mom for always telling me to blow my nose,” she said.
She added: “I really thought it was a surrender. I really thought it meant surrendering to the enemy camp. I just thought, ‘I’m good enough. I shouldn’t have to do that.’ I really felt that. ‘I’m beautiful enough.’”