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Dirty Dancing TV movie to film in North Carolina

A TV movie adaptation of hit 80s classic Dirty Dancing has secured filming incentive support to shoot in North Carolina from next month.

The original film (pictured) starred Jennifer Grey as a young woman who falls in love with Patrick Swayze’s dance instructor in a resort in the Catskill Mountains of the eastern US. 

Lionsgate Television will film the new TV adaptation in the Asheville region of North Carolina, where parts of the movie were shot. The new version will star Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger. 

Dirty Dancing has secured a filming incentive of up to $4m. The shoot is one of three productions recently confirmed for support by the North Carolina Film Office that will together spend around $65m in the eastern state.

North Carolina has hosted big-budget studio films like the first Hunger Games movie and Iron Man 3, but last year the state sharply downgraded its filming incentive. Financial support is now more readily available to TV shoots, while rebate payments for eligible features is limited to just $5m per production.

Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios is the state’s main production facility and had its digital infrastructure systems overhauled in 2012 to accommodate the needs of Iron Man 3. The studio has also hosted TV series like Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow, and will also be a base for military drama Six.   

For more on filming in North Carolina see our production guide.

Image: Lionsgate