(IANS) Los Angeles, May 10: Jonathan Levine, who made the movies “Long Shot” and “Warm Bodies,” will direct the much-talked-about sequel to “Dirty Dancing,” which Lionsgate is launching at next week’s Cannes market.
In an exclusive interview with “Deadline,” Levine talked about the “hot market package” and talked about the creative direction of the movie.
In the second movie, Frances “Baby” Houseman, played by Jennifer Grey, goes back to Kellerman’s in the 1990s. Like the first movie, the sequel will be a coming-of-age romance about a young woman at a summer camp. However, Baby’s journey will be woven into the story to make it more complex, according to “Deadline.”
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Levine and Elizabeth Chomko wrote the sequel, also called “Dirty Dancing.” Talks are going on about casting. The team has a shortlist of names for the lead role, and they plan to start making the movie later this year. It will come out in 2024.
The cast is likely to have both newcomers and well-known actors.
nofollow told us that Grey might not be the only original character to come back.
The 50/50 director said, “We are about to talk to people and are looking into that.”
“Having Jennifer on board was the most important thing for us,” he said.
“She is a great person to work with. We’ll try to include as many people from the original as makes sense. We want to be polite in everything we do.”
Levine said that to do that, they would have to talk to Patrick Swayze’s estate. “In the story, Johnny is a part of Baby’s journey.”
He said to us: “This movie talks back and forth with the original. We’d like to tell this story to a whole new group of people. Still, Johnny’s absence is a big part of the story, so in a way, Baby’s character is also growing up as the story goes on.”
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The music in the movie will range from songs from the first movie, like “Hungry Eyes,” to hip-hop from the 1990s. Levine also said that songs by Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair could be possible additions.
Levine was going to produce the project through his Megamix label with his partner Gillian Bohrer, but the filmmaker has now decided to also direct it. Grey will also be in charge of making the second movie.
“The first Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite movies, but I never thought I’d be in charge of making the second one,” said Levine.
“Because I helped write it, I fell in love with the characters (both new and old), the world of the Catskills in New York in the 1990s, and the music, which will include songs from the first movie as well as hip-hop from the 1990s.
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“I can’t wait to work with Jennifer to tell a new generation of fans this beautiful story about summer love and dancing. And to the ones who have been with us for a while, I promise we won’t ruin your childhood. We will do the job with style, ambition, and, most importantly, love.”
“Dirty Dancing” is the library book that has sold the most copies in Lionsgate’s history. The first movie, which came out in 1987 and starred Grey and Swayze, was a worldwide hit at the box office and had a large group of devoted fans worldwide.
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