Decades after the iconic film was released Dirty dancing, a sequel is in the works and is set to hit theaters on February 9, 2024. When the sequel arrives, it will see the return of Jennifer Gray reprising her role as Bebe from the original film. Gray is also an executive producer on the film, and while it will be nearly four decades since the original film debuted before the sequel hits theaters, Gray is excited for the challenge of the new film — and says she hopes to make this sequel even better than the original.
Talking to the Los Angeles TimesGray said she was interested in how the sequel would approach the story 30 years after the original and what happened to her character, while also telling a new story.
“I’m excited by the challenge of looking at it from the perspective of what happens when it’s 30 years later and it’s the ’90s,” Gray said. “What happens to the person who had that experience — what happened to them and what is now relevant to the original story at a different time, looking at it in a different light. I think, hopefully, it’ll really satisfy without ever feeling like it’s — look, I have no desire to remake the first one or compete with the first one or make it better than the first one or as good as the first one. It’s more about: What’s a new story that needs to be told?”
There aren’t many details on it yet Dirty dancing sequel, although director Jonathan Levine has previously said that the film will not ignore the legacy of the late Patrick Swayze, who played Johnny in the original film. Levine previously said that “Johnny’s absence looms large in the story” and likened the sequel’s story to “coming of age for Baby’s character in a way” and that’s something Gray acknowledged as well, calling the sequel “a new creature “.
“There’s no going back, there’s no going back to this,” he said. “That was his creature. There’s a new creature, and what is that new creature? And what’s the way that — we still need the next iteration of ourselves to be born, and who’s going to help deal with that?” What is the need? Where is the place where you need to be catapulted into a different dimension?”
The Dirty dancing The sequel will be released on February 9, 2024. Keep checking back with ComicBook.com for more news on the project.
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