“Dirty Dancing” Gets a Sequel

The down-and-dirty groovin’ we loved so much in 1987’s Dirty Dancing will get a new treatment in a sequel.

Plans for a sequel have been in the works for several years, and now Variety reports TV director Guy Ferland (Ed) will helm the sequel called Havana Nights for Miramax Films/Artisan Entertainment.

Inspired by the original, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, Havana Nights is set in 1959 Cuba. A 17-year-old girl moves to the island with her family, and against her family’s wishes, falls for a local dancer who opens a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life–and of course shows her a few hot moves in the process.

Although no one has been cast yet, such stars as Ricky Martin and Natalie Portman have been named as possibilities for the leads.

Production will begin in the fall.