Jennifer Gray Explains Why Losing Patrick Swayze Makes New Dirty Dancing “Very Tricky”

Next dirty dance get a prequel in the form of 2006 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, in addition to being remade in 2017 as a disappointing ABC TV movie, the 1987 original gets a direct sequel all these years later. Shortly after rumors of another dirty dance the film began to circulate, dirty dance 2 was officially confirmed in 2020, although sadly Jennifer Gray won’t be accompanied by Patrick Swayze this time around as he passed away in 2009. To that end, Gray explained why losing Swayze means tackling the new dirty dance “very delicate” film.

While talking about his experience on dirty dance with EW to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary, Jennifer Gray briefly chatted with EW about dirty dance 2. Along with confirming that the script for the upcoming film is being worked on and filming will begin in the spring of 2023, Gray explained how the sequel will both feel familiar, but also have to be self-contained, which is especially key. because Patrick Swayze is no longer with us. Gray explained:

I can’t tell you much, unfortunately, but I will tell you that it will involve baby. It will be Kellerman’s. There will be music. Unless there’s a lot of CGI, Baby will be a bit older. [Laughs] It will be Kellerman, music, dance, love story, romance. I’m so super committed and invested in making a new one [take]. What happened happened, and it will never happen again. There will never be another Johnny. There will never be another Patrick. This suite should be its own stand-alone room. It’s very delicate.

the original dirty dance followed the story of Frances “Baby” Houseman by Jennifer Grey, a young woman who vacations with her family at Ketterman’s in the summer of 1963 and meets Johnny Castle by Patrick Swayze, a dance teacher at the resort. Baby takes over as Johnny’s dance partner for a performance, and as they practice their choreography, the two fall in love. Spoiler warning for a 35-year-old movie, but the story ends with Baby and Johnny nailing their climax lift (which Gray refused until the day that scene was shot) in the performance, then dancing with everyone at Kellerman’s while “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” played.

If Patrick Swayze was still alive, I imagine dirty dance 2 would have either shown us that Baby and Johnny were still together all these decades later, or the story would have depicted these two reuniting after their original relationship didn’t work out. Sadly, we won’t be seeing Swayze and Gray together again, and naturally Johnny Castle won’t be recast for dirty dance 2. So yes, Gray and the other folks behind the sequel are walking a fine line between honoring what has come before and making sure this new movie is worthy enough to hold its own. Fingers crossed to achieve this goal.

Apart from the above details provided by Jennifer Gray, dirty dance 2The plot is shrouded in secrecy, but behind the scenes Long Shot‘s Jonathan Levine is directing the feature. The sequel is slated for release on February 9, 2024, but if you’re curious about which movies are coming sooner than that, take a look at the movie releases slated for 2023.

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