In “I guess it’s really just too hard to come up with an original idea” news, the Lifetime network is casting for an all-Black remake of the 1989 classic Steel Magnolias. The film will be directed by Kenny Leon, who previously helmed plays such Fences and The Mountaintop, plus ABC’s film adaptation of A Raisin In The Sun. Which had Puff Daddy in it. I’m just saying.

While it’s worth noting that Steel Magnolias was a play before the Julia Roberts film and, thus, is a more likely candidate for a remake and even colorblind casting than, say, Pretty Woman…there’s also those many plays and novels by Black female authors that deserve a first chance at a film adaptation. Can we get some Connie Briscoe? Pearl Cleage? Bebe Moore Campbell? Plus, Steel Magnolias was super sad and I like my movies to end with the same number of alive characters that it opened with, unless someone got a baby or new kitten and add more smiles to the mix. Whatever.

Here’s to hoping the film will rock nonetheless. And while we’re here, who do you envision for the cast?

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  • Tami

    I don’t understand in this day & age, why there are so many remakes. There are so many wonderful novels & non-fiction stories out here that would make wonderful stories. It’s as if people are stuck in the past & are scared to take a chance on something new. If marketed right, our stories can be seen worldwide. Producers take a chance on something new!

  • “With Diddy in it?” But Diddy actually was nominated for an NAACP award and an Emmy if I’m not mistaken, for his role in A Raisin in the Sun. ;)

    Have not seen the original Steel Magnolias, but I do know that it would be a great opportunity to see an array of actresses as part of an ensemble cast. I actually love Jennifer Lewis too. She’s an awesome actress. I adore her voice!

    I think they need to double the number of characters and perhaps tweak the storyline so that all the black actresses (or as many of them) that we love can have roles and even cameos. I would love to see Stacey Dash cast somewhere in there. Regina King…Taraji of course, Tika Sumpter, Paula Jai Parker, Angela Bassett, Janet as well. Janet did show some edge in For Colored Girls, so am soo ready to see more of her. I think after her tour de force in FCG, the haters can stop saying that she can’t act her way out of a paper bag.

    Ooh, can’t forget about Lauren London. And my girl Tasha Smith, even if it’s a cameo or one-liner, or a closeup of her doing one of her eye rolls…she’s GOT to be somewhere in that film. Viola Davis, and speaking of Viola…whatever happened to Serena Reeder? This would be a great comeback for her. Haven’t seen Kim Whitley lately. She and Jackee should play sisters in the new Steel Magnolias. Angela Bassett and Thandie Newton should especially be cast. Kerry Washington. Will Nia Long deliver her baby before production starts? I’ve always enjoyed her acting. Bianca Lawson has been off the radar for a minute; would love to see her in a new role! Hope I didn’t forget to list any of my favorite actresses. I am not familiar with Mr. Leon’s work. When I first saw the Clutch headline, I actually thought that this would be a Tyler Perry production! Best wishes to Mr. Leon though. Who’s writing the screenplay? I nominate Mara Brock Akil or Yvette Lee Browser, or the director of Something New, whose name escapes me at the moment. Sanaa something.This ought to be great!

  • Kim

    I’ll watch if Lorretta Devine is in it. I don’t know what it is, but I will watch and likely love anything she is in. Maybe its because she reminds me of my mom… I actually went out and paid to see Madea’s Big Happy Family and cried during the last hospital scene (don’t judge me).

  • EssDot323

    Has the well run dry in Hollyweird or what? *SMH*

    Steel Magnolias is fine as is. Hands off.