Lionsgate is developing dance drama “Step Up 6” as a Chinese-language movie, partnering with Infinity Pictures/CMC and Yue Hua Entertainment Culture Communication.
The first five “Step Up” films grossed more than $600 million at the global box office. The new film will only be distributed in a Chinese-language version.
“Step Up 6,” directed by Ron Yuan, will begin shooting with an all-Chinese cast in Beijing and Los Angeles on Dec. 9, with a release slated for next year. Yuan has a martial arts background as an action choreographer, stunt coordinator, and second unit director.
“Step Up 6” is produced by Dede Nickerson (“Kill Bill Vol. I & II,” “Shaolin Soccer”) and Du Hua.
“The ‘Step Up’ franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary stronger than ever,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. “We’re proud to partner with Infinity and Yue Hua Entertainment on the next exciting chapter of a dance phenomenon that continues to grow in popularity around the world.
“‘Step Up’ 3, 4 & 5 conquered Asian audiences at the box office and, with the incredibly talented filmmaker Ron Yuan, a remarkable cast, spectacular dancing and a story line that combines dance with martial arts, ‘Step Up 6’ is poised to become a major motion picture event for Chinese audiences.”
The “Step Up” franchise began in 2006.
Lionsgate has also extended the “Step Up” franchise onto new platforms, partnering with YouTube Red for a “Step Up” dramatic television series and developing a “Step Up” live stage event as one of the centerpieces of the Motiongate theme park opening next year in partnership with Dubai Parks & Resorts.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.