Jonathan Levine will direct the ‘Soiled Dancing’ sequel.
The ‘Heat Our bodies’ director “by no means imagined” that he would helm the follow-up to considered one of his “favorite movies” and “can’t wait to collaborate” with the 1987 authentic’s main girl Jennifer Gray, who dropped at life Frances ‘Child’ Houseman within the 1987 film, which is Lionsgate’s highest grossing film to this point.
Whereas speaking in regards to the film – which is about for a 2024 launch – the 45-year-old filmmaker instructed Deadline: “Whereas the unique ‘Soiled Dancing’ has all the time been considered one of my favorite movies, I by no means imagined I’d direct the sequel. Via co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and previous), the world of Nineteen Nineties Catskills New York, and the music, which is able to vary from songs from the unique film to ‘90s hip-hop. I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to convey this stunning story of summer season and romance and dancing to a era of latest followers. And to the longtime ones, I promise we won’t damage your childhood. We are going to sort out the project with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.”
Jonathan – who additionally wrote the screenplay alongside Elizabeth Chomko and is producing together with his associate Gillian Bohrer – believes that the “most essential factor was having Jennifer on board” as government producer on the film that can showcase Child’s personal daughter’s coming-of-age story.
He mentioned: An important factor for us was having Jennifer on board. She is a useful collaborator. We’re going to attempt to contain as many individuals from the unique as is acceptable. We wish to be respectful in each means.”
The ‘Lengthy Shot’ director additionally revealed that Patrick Swayze – who performed reverse Jennifer as Johnny Fortress and died of pancreatic most cancers, aged 59, in 2009 – “is a component” of the plot.
Jonathan mentioned: “Johnny is part of Child’s journey within the story.”
This movie exists in a dialogue with the unique. We wish to introduce this story to a complete new era. That mentioned, Johnny’s absence looms massive over the story, so it’s a coming-of-age story but in addition a coming-of-age for Child’s character in a means.”
Erin Westerman, the president of manufacturing at Lionsgate instructed the outlet: “’Soiled Dancing’ is greater than a film – it’s a cultural touchstone that continues to be a ceremony of passage. As we method the following chapter, we knew we needed to honor the depth, the relevance, and the warmth of the unique. We’ve been fortunate to have Jennifer as our information and are thrilled to have Jonathan by her aspect on the helm, as a result of all the things he makes is textured and romantic – he all the time provides us goosebumps.”