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OTRC: 'Steel Magnolias' remake with all-black cast in the works

Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts appear in a scene from the 1989 movie 'Steel Magnolias.' (Rastar Films / Columbia TriStar Films)

The hit 1989 drama film "Steel Magnolias," which starred Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, is getting a reboot that is set to feature an all-black cast.

The Lifetime cable network, which like the movie, is geared towards women, is developing the television movie, which will be directed by Kenny Leon, Deadline.com said.

A source close to the matter confirmed the report to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday, October 12, adding that no cast members or production dates have yet been announced.

Lifetime representatives have not commented on the matter. Leon has previously helmed the ABC television film "A Raisin in the Sun," which stars Diddy and "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad, as well as episodes of the shows "Ghost Whisperer" and "Private Practice."

"Steel Magnolias" is based on a 1987 play by Robert Harling. Deadline.com reported that the reboot's plot will be similar to that of the original "Steel Magnolias" film, which showcased the bond that forms among a group of Louisiana women.

Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Sally Field also starred in the movie, which earned Roberts an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


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