A new version of the hit feature film “Steel Magnolias” is in the works for cable TV, with a twist: This time the production will feature an all-black cast, Deadline.com reports.
Lifetime Network has teamed with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — of "Chicago" fame and the upcoming NBC midseason series "Smash" — to bring the production to the cable network, the story reports.
The 1989 Herbert Ross film, based on a successful off-Broadway play by Robert Harling, will be remade in a contemporary Southern setting, with Kenny Leon directing. The producers and director previously collaborated on the 2008 TV movie "A Raisin In the Sun" for ABC.
The 1989 film depicted the lives of a group of Southern women in Louisiana, headlined by Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field and Julia Roberts. For the Lifetime remake, the network is hoping to assemble a similarly star-studded cast of African-American actresses.