Black Movie Remix: “Steel Magnolias” to be Remade with All-Black Cast

October 12, 2011  |  

An interesting remake is in the works. Lifetime, in conjunction with Broadway director Kenny Leon and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, is bringing back the 1989 classic “Steel Magnolias” with an all-black cast.

The movie is about the bond between women living in the same parish in Louisiana as they go through different life experiences — pregnancy, marriage, death of a loved one, health risks, etc.  The original movie featured an ensemble cast of highly regarded actresses: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts.

Since the upcoming remake featuring black actresses will still be set in Louisiana, perhaps the directors can throw a little Creole flavor in the mix — I’m seeing Lynn Whitfield and Jurnee Smollett from “Eve’s Bayou.” Since Leon already worked with Phylicia Rashad when he directed “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2004, I hope he’ll make her a part of this as well. I have a feeling the movie could end up as a cross between the original film and Tyler Perry’s interpretation of “For Colored Girls,” but without the poetic style. Maybe “The Women of Brewster Place” would be a better comparison. Either way, as a Lifetime junkie, I’m pretty excited about this.

What black actresses would you like to see fill these roles?

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  • Dwayne_roseboro

    I think any movie, remake or not with an all black cast would be an awsome idea…Hollywood will not recognize the talent and great acting that we as a people can do unless they have a scale to compare. A white cast could never have done Boyz N the hood ha ha ha ….think about it….an all black Tyler Perry movie once a year is great…but its just not enough…we need more

  • Dwayne_roseboro

    I think that would be awsome!!!

  • Kerri

    As long as Tyler Perry is not attached to this it should be okay. Actress's I would like to see in this remake:
    1)Viola Davis
    2)Jurnee Smollett
    3)Sanaa Lathan
    4) Naomi Harris
    5)Tessa Thompson
    6)Nia Long
    7)Kerri Washington
    8)Jackee Harry
    9)Alfree Woodard
    10)Nicole Beharie

  • Casaundra

    They posted this story on Yahoo and you should see some of the racist comments white people put on there. I no longer have a problem with the remake just based on that.

  • Monica

    They're just goin to reuse the same black actors in every black movie anyway. Its a no go

  • IllyPhilly

    Not another damn remake!!!! Some person with money to blow, Please hold a damn script writing contest of authentic work!!!