All-black remake of 'Steel Magnolias' coming to Lifetime

4:21 PM, Oct 12, 2011   |    comments
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(CNN) -- Classic chick flick "Steel Magnolias" is getting a remake with an all-black cast, courtesy of Lifetime. Deadline reports that the network is developing an original movie based on the hit film.

Like the 1989 movie (which was based on a stage play), Lifetime's new version will revolve around a close group of women in Louisiana. The new version will be helmed by Atlanta-based award-winning director Kenny Leon.

The original featured an all-star cast: Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis. The TV movie's producers want a similarly star-studded assemblage of black actresses for their new Southern drama.


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