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Jennifer Grey working on a new dance movie that could be 'Dirty Dancing' sequel

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
·1-min read
Dirty Dancing (Credit: Vestron Pictures)
Dirty Dancing (Credit: Vestron Pictures)

Could we be heading back to the Catskils and the world of iconic 80s dance classic Dirty Dancing?

It's been announced that Jennifer Grey – who played Frances 'Baby' Houseman in the original movie – has signed up for a new project with indie studio Lionsgate.

The project is a so-far unnamed 'dance movie', which she will both star in and executive produce, with the studio declining to comment on whether it's related to Dirty Dancing.

And per Entertainment Weekly, the movie is to be 'set in the 90s'.

NEW YORK - AUGUST 17:  (FILE PHOTO) Actors Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze attend the premiere of 'Dirty Dancing' at the Gemini Theater on August 17, 1987 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze attend the premiere of Dirty Dancing at the Gemini Theater in 1987 in New York City (Credit: Jim Smeal/WireImage)

The original coming-of-age movie found Grey's Baby Houseman becoming embroiled in the affairs of the entertainment staff of an upscale resort in the Catskill mountains.

There she meets the charismatic Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze, who schools Baby in the art of dance, against her father's wishes.

Directed by Emile Ardolino, and choreographed by the legendary Kenny Ortega, it scored a massive $214 million from its tiny $5 million budget back in 1987.

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Actress Jennifer Grey poses for portrait at the special screening of "Dirty Dancing" at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 2, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Jennifer Grey poses for portrait at the special screening of "Dirty Dancing" at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 2, 2017. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

However, a new movie would be lacking some of the original's most enduring characters.

Swayze died from cancer in 2009 at the age of 57, and Jerry Orbach, who played Baby's father Jake died in 2004 at 69.

Grey has kept up the dancing, however.

She won season 11 of Dancing With The Stars, the US version of Strictly, in 2010.