A sequel to "Dirty Dancing"?

A sequel to Dirty Dancing may be in the works.

The movie's creator, Eleanor Bergstein, tells the BBC she's "now thinking" she's ready for a further story involving the Baby and Johnny characters.

The enduring popularity of the coming-of-age story -- about to be retold in a film airing on ABC in May -- is one factor. Another draws from current political trends. The original 1987 movie incorporated a then-illegal abortion into the storyline. With an eye on policies that may change under President Trump, Bergstein says, "All these things have come around again... All these battles we thought in some way had been won... It's come back now."

She sees the 2017 version of Frances "Baby" Houseman as a social activist, out marching for women's rights or supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bergstein hasn't said how far along the planning has gone, or whether she'd want Jennifer Grey to reprise the role. Patrick Swayze, who played her dancer-lover Johnny Castle, died in 2009.

photo: Vestron Pictures

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