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Lifetime Plans 'Steel Magnolias' Remake With All-Black Cast

Date October 11, 2011
Steel Magnolias Remake Lifetime is planning a remake of the 1989 classic 'Steel Magnolias.' However, it won't be a simple film-to-TV transition. The network is looking to cast an all-black group of actors in the main roles.

According to Deadline, producers Carig Zadan and Neil Meron are looking to cast A-List names in the roles once filled by the likes of Sally Field,

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Steel Magnolias Remake Lifetime is planning a remake of the 1989 classic 'Steel Magnolias.' However, it won't be a simple film-to-TV transition. The network is looking to cast an all-black group of actors in the main roles.

According to Deadline, producers Carig Zadan and Neil Meron are looking to cast A-List names in the roles once filled by the likes of Sally Field, Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton. The 1989 film told the story of the bond between a group of women in Louisiana. A TV continuation of the film almost happened on CBS in 1990, but it never took off.

Kenny Leon, director of Sony Pictures TV and Zadan and Meron's Storyline Entertainment's 'A Raisin in the Sun' ABC TV movie, is attached to direct the new 'Steel Magnolias.'

The new film has yet to be given the official greenlight, but Deadline reports Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc is keen on the project and it's on the fast track to production.

Casting has not begun, but could start soon.

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