MORE DANCE? — (Via Deadline) Filmmaker Jonathan Levine has been commissioned to direct the hyped sequel to the beloved 1987 film Dirty Dancing, which Lionsgate is releasing for the Cannes market next week.
In an exclusive interview with Deadline, Levine discussed the hot market package and revealed details about the film’s creative direction.
In the sequel, Jennifer Gray will reprise her iconic role as Frances “Baby” Houseman as she returns to Kellerman’s house in the 1990s. Like the original, the sequel will be an experience-focused coming-of-age romance. of a young woman at summer camp, but Baby’s own journey will intertwine with this to create a multi-layered narrative.
Levine co-wrote the sequel, also titled Dirty Dancing, with Elizabeth Chomko. Casting conversations are underway – the team has a shortlist of names to play the lead role – and the film is set to enter production later this year for a 2024 release. The cast is expected to be a combination of newcomers and of named actors.
Gray may not be the only face from the original to return, Levine told us. “We’re about to talk to people and explore that,” the 50/50 director said.
“The most important thing for us was having Jennifer on board,” he added. “She is an invaluable collaborator. We will try to involve as many people from the original as necessary. We want to be respectful in all respects.
That involves having a conversation with Patrick Swayze’s estate, Levine said. “Johnny is part of Baby’s journey through history.”
He told us: “This film exists in a dialogue with the original. We want to introduce this story to a whole new generation. That said, Johnny’s absence is a big part of the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story but also a coming-of-age story for Baby’s character in a way.
The film’s music will range from songs from the original film — “Hungry Eyes” is among the songs set to return — to ’90s hip-hop. Levine also named Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair as artists whose songs could potentially figure.
“Although the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite movies, I never imagined I would be directing the sequel,” Levine said. “While co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to 90s hip-hop. look forward to collaborating with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer, romance and dance to a generation of new fans. And to those longtime fans, I promise we won’t ruin your childhood. We’ll approach the mission with sophistication. , ambition and, above all, love.
A key part of the story of the 1960s original is Penny’s abortion, which preceded the Roe v Wade legislation. In our chat, Levine acknowledged the controversy sparked by the recent leak of a document suggesting the Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade. But it’s unclear if the subject matter will feature in the new film.
Dirty Dancing is the best-selling library title in Lionsgate history. The 1987 original starring Gray and Swayze was a worldwide box office success and amassed a staunch fanbase worldwide.
Commenting on Levine’s nomination to direct, Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate, said: “Dirty Dancing is more than a film – it’s a cultural touchstone that continues to be a rite of passage. As we approached the next chapter, we knew we had to honor the depth, relevance and warmth of the original. the bar, because everything he does is textured and romantic – he always gives us goosebumps.
This is without a doubt one of the worst ideas I’ve heard in a while. Even attempting to recreate the genius of the original film is an impossible task. The original movie, which I watched time and time again, was so good – from Jerry Orbac h to Patrick Swayze and Jack Weston – that even thinking about it is a huge mistake.
An online poster said, “When I think of the Catskills, I think of hip hop. This movie is going to sweep the Razzies away.
Another poster said, “Let’s not forget that the original movie was from the long missed movie Vestron, which was one of the biggest hits of the indie film and video scene of the 1990s before it collapsed! They had a hell of a video label of acquired titles and their own movies – they burned bright before they died out.
Additionally, legendary producer Jimmy Ienner was involved in the brilliant soundtrack as an EP and ultimately put together one of the most powerful soundtrack albums of all time, featuring artists like The Ronettes; Eric Carmen; Merry Clayton; and a Swayze track, “She’s Like The Wind” which was actually one of the gems of the album. The big hit was “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
(Via Wikipedia) It was released on July 18, 1987 by RCA Records and sold 32 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In the United States, the album spent 18 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. With shipments of at least 3.25 million copies, it is Germany’s best-selling album of all time.
Another bad, bad idea.
CHIC CENTRAL – (via Deadline) Have you heard of the new dance craze? It was the opening line to the 1978 disco hit “Le Freak” by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who performed with a large cast as Chic. Disco died soon after, but now he rises from his grave in an immersive new attraction debuting in New York’s Central Park this summer.
the DiscOasis, as it’s called, is billed as “an immersive, musical and theatrical roller disco experience.” He will bow at the historic and iconic Wollman Rink in Central Park from June 16 to October 1. The best news is that Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers will chair the project as “Groovemaster” and music curator.
The global event is produced by Constellation Immersive in partnership with Live Nation, The DiscOasis features daytime open skate sessions and nighttime immersive experiences.
The experiment bowed out in Los Angeles last year, but is now returning to what many consider the birthplace of disco.
Rodgers certainly knows how to get the party started. In addition to Chic, he has worked with and produced Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk, Duran Duran, Lady Gaga and many more.
A cast of skate artists will bring The DiscOasis to life each night with live performances, and beyond the rink, the DiscOasis will feature a dance floor, local DJs, cafe, games, installations, photo booths, and more. Part of the proceeds will go to the “We Are Family Foundation”, which supports cultural diversity and young people.
SHORT TAKES — Check out Randy Klein of the Jazzheads interviewed in Keith Girard’s New York Independent: Randy Klein Shapes Jazzheads Like 2 Classical Music Labels (thenyindependent.com)…
Season 4 of HBO’s Westworld returns next month after a two-year hiatus. Here’s the trailer for Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORLHTNhEqIM … (Via 42 Street) Never one to shun the spotlight, the aptly named Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips The opening at 1500 Broadway (near W44th Street and 7th Ave) is Ramsay’s third location for the franchise, which also has outposts in the equally touristy cities of Orlando and Las Vegas. The space takes over the former 16,000-square-foot Sephora home (which moved to Broadway in 2019). Ramsay said of his latest venture: “Fish & Chips is a very important dish to me, not only is it quintessentially British but it has been part of my upbringing. I found a way to elevate this classic dish, dress it up, and really modernize the experience. I’ve had 3 stars in Chelsea for over 2 decades, 2 stars in France, restaurants all over the world – but my mum is most proud of the chippy. His latest restaurant aims to elevate the ever-popular British cod dish with prawn, chicken and lobster options as well as his own signature cocktail, aioli, curry and mango and tartar sauces for dipping. In another slightly Americanized nod to the British, Biscoff and Sticky Toffee shakes are available to take away. Ramsay – who has received 16 Michelin stars since opening his first solo restaurant in 1998 – currently has a wide portfolio of restaurants around the world, ranging from steakhouse to classic French to pub-style tavern. Trained by French chef Jean-Claude Breton, he first rose to prominence in 1999 after appearing in the British cooking documentary Boiling Point, which led to a series of headlining Ramsay TV shows. , including the infamous Hell’s Kitchen. Ramsay’s propensity to frequently berate contestants in a creative variety of gruesome insults has earned him equal parts infamy and recognition, though he has since displayed a softer side on MasterChef Junior, in which he guides supernaturally talented children through a rigorous cooking competition. Ramsay was optimistic about the brand’s success in New York, saying in an unusually profanity-free statement to AMNY, “I love the vibrancy, energy of Times Square and the convergence of locals and visitors from around the world. There is simply no place like this!” Norman Abdallah, CEO of Gordon Ramsay North America, added, “We look forward to expanding Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips to New York and Times Square. The restaurant has strong ties to Chef Ramsay’s childhood and initial love of cooking, and we look forward to sharing that with New York. Take a pint and pass the $%*&* vinegar! … Check out a terrific Jim Ryan interview with Micky Dolenz in Forbes. com – here it is: Micky Dolenz on Legacy Of The Monkees and his favorite gig moments (forbes.com) …
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