Jennifer Grey is slated to reprise her classic role as Frances “Baby” Houseman in a new Dirty Dancing sequel. There have been various efforts to recreate the original classic as a multimedia franchise in the years since its debut in 1987.
featuring a 1988 television series, a 2004 prequel (Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights), a 2015 made-for-television musical, and a 2017 remake This current sequel, announced this week at CinemaCon, is the first time any of the original cast members have returned to reprise their roles. In 2009, Patrick Swayze, who played Grey’s love interest in the original film, died. A proposed miniseries resurrection in the mid-2010s was likewise canceled before it could begin.
There are no official details for the movie yet, although EW suggests this might be a movie set in the 1990s, rather than one that picks up 35 years after the original. Way back in 2020, Grey was said to be working with Lionsgate, who will produce and distribute this film, on a ’90s-set movie in which she would star and serve as executive producer.
“Jennifer Grey returns to Kellerman’s in the next chapter,” said an announcement during Lionsgate’s presentation at Cinemacon in Las Vegas (via EW). Kellerman’s, a resort in the Catskills, was the setting for the original Dirty Dancing and presumably one of the most important locales in Baby’s life