Lionsgate Greenlights New ‘Dirty Dancing’ Movie, Starring/Executive Produced by Jennifer Grey

Jennifer Grey

Lionsgate is planning a reboot of the 1987 box office hit Dirty Dancing┬áthat will star the original’s Jennifer Grey, who is also executive producing. The movie will be directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50).

Speaking on the company’s Aug. 6 fiscal call, CEO Jon Feltheimer announced the remake along with plans for back-to-back productions of John Wick 4 and 5, starring Keanu Reeves.

“[Dirty Dancing] will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for,” Feltheimer said, adding Dirty Dancing is the best-selling library title across all distribution channels, including home entertainment, in Lionsgate’s history.

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The movie catapulted Grey to stardom playing a shy teenager who befriends a bad boy dance instructor (played the late Patrick Swayze) while with her family in the Catskills Mountains in upstate N.Y.

The movie grossed $214 million at the global box office, including $63.8 million domestically. A loose prequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was released in 2004, grossing $14 million at the box office. ABC aired a musical remake in 2017.