It’s official: there’s a Dirty Dancing sequel on the way 33 years after the original.
And Jennifer Grey, who played Frances “Baby” Houseman in the mega hit in 1987, is back onboard – although it hasn’t been confirmed which role she will play. The 60-year-old will, however, be the executive producer of the Lionsgate project.
The original movie, in which Jennifer starred opposite the late Patrick Swayze as her dance mentor Johnny Castle, remains one of the biggest hits in cinematic history.
The pair’s sizzling chemistry combined with Patrick’s smouldering good looks ensured a fan frenzy second to none and spawned one of the most iconic film images of all time – the timeless “Dirty Dancing lift” where Johnny holds Baby up in the air on the dancefloor.
On 7 August, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer confirmed the speculation, saying the new movie will be very similar to the original.
“It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that has made it the biggest-selling library title in the company’s history."
5 things to know about Dirty Dancing
- It was made on a tiny budget of just $5 million but made a whopping $220 million at the worldwide box office – an incredible feat at the time.
- It bagged an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Original Song for I’ve Had The Time of My Life by Frank Previte.
- In 2004 a spinoff film called Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights starring Diego Luna and Romola Garai was released but it was deemed a flop.
- Jennifer, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Baby, has kept busy with small TV roles in series such as The Conners and Grey’s Anatomy.
- Sadly Patrick Swayze died in 2009 aged 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.