Lifetime to Black-ify ‘Steel Magnolias’

Nuh-uh girrrrl, they did not EVEN! Lifetime’s gonna get more sass than they can handle when they remake Steel Magnolias with an all-black cast.

Lifetime is developing an original movie based on the hit feature, which will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Sony Pictures TV… Kenny Leon, who directed the 2008 ABC movie A Raisin In The Sun, is attached to direct the new Steel Magnolias, which, like the movie, will be set in Louisiana and explore the bond among a group of women in the present day.

The feature boasted an all-star cast of Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The goal of the TV movie’s producers is to assemble a similarly high-wattage cast of black actresses. [Deadline]

“Hello, Halle Berry? I’m calling from Lifetime–” *click*

“Hello, Oprah? I’m calling from Lifetime–” *click*

“Hello, Angela Basset? Would you be interested in a Lifetime orig–” *click*

“Hello, Jada Pinkett Smith? We’re remaking Steel Magnolias at Lifetime–” *click*

“Hello, Gabrielle Union? Would you be interested in joining the cast of Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias project? Right now the cast is Whoopi Goldberg and Shannen Doherty in blackface.”