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  • Blacktie
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    Steel Magnolias, the popular Off-Broadway and regional
    comedy-drama about wisecracking Louisiana women whose favorite emotion
    is laughter through tears, will get a second film treatment more than 20
    years after the story was adapted for Hollywood.

    Deadline.com reported that the title — known as a 1987 play and a 1989
    film, both written by Robert Harling — will be freshly adapted for a
    cast of yet-to-be announced African-American actresses for a TV film on
    the Lifetime network. Broadway, film and TV producers Craig Zadan and
    Neil Meron are behind the project.

    The first film starred Julia Roberts as a new bride, Shelby, whose
    mother, M’Lynn, played by Sally Field, frequents a beauty shop where
    friends — played by Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah and
    Shirley MacLaine — squabble, joke and bond as tragedy befalls their
    circle. Harling drew on his own family history for the play.

    Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment will partner with Sony
    Pictures TV for the telepic. Kenny Leon (director of Broadway’s current The Mountaintop) will direct. Leon helmed the 2008 TV movie version of the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which he also directed on the stage.

    The new “Steel Magnolias” will be written by Sally Robinson, who will
    reportedly draw on the Harling screenplay. The Off-Broadway production
    of the play ran 1,126 performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
    1987-90. Pamela Berlin directed. A separate production had a short life
    on Broadway in 2005.

    Casting for the new TV movie, which will be set in present day, not in the 1980s, begins immediately.

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    Blacktie
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    My casting choices would include the following:

    M’Lynn Eatenton (Phylicia Rashad/Angela Bassett/Oprah Winfrey/Lynn Whitfield/ Sheryl Lee Ralph)

    Truvy Jones (Jackee Harry/Jenifer Lewis/Niecy Nash/Regina King/Taraji P. Henson)

    Ouiser Boudreaux (Jenifer Lewis/ Anna Deavere Smith/ C. C. H. Pounder)

    Annelle Dupuy –Desoto (Tasha Smith/Paula Jai Parker/Paula Patton)

    Clairee Belcher (Phylicia Rashad)

    Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Patina Miller/Montego Glover/Brandy Norwood/Tamera Mowry/Keisha Knight Pulliam)

    Drum Eatenton (Delroy Lindo/Glynn Turman/Danny Glover)

    Spud Jones (Mykelti Williamson/Rockmond Dunbar)

    Jackson Latcherie (RonReaco Lee/Keith Robinson/Derek Luke/Cory Hardrict)

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    uncreativename
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    I don’t understand the need to constantly remake and reboot things.

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    GoMe91
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    Sometimes remakes can be a great thing. What about The Dark Knight? What about the Toby Maguire Spider Man? What about True Grit (which most people think is stronger than the original)? What about Anne of Green Gables (the 1980’s version is much more faithul to the 1930’s)?

    I don’t understand the need for people to complain about a remake happening before it’s been shown… 

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    Atypical
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    Here is the trailer. It looks like they didn’t deviate from the original too much.

    http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/lifetime-movie-club/video/a-preview-for-steel-magnolias

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I am so looking forward to this. The cast looks amazing. It sucks that they eliminated the supporting categories at the Emmy’s this year, because had they not Queen Latifah would probably win for Lead Actress.

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