When Lifetime announced plans to create a black version of the 1989′s chick-flick tearjerker Steel Magnolias a few months ago we started coming up with a dream cast that could magically be large enough to give work to every black actress in Hollywood yet still stay true to the original story line. It turns out that the network seemed to have at least some of our suggestions in mind, with the upcoming cast including Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adeero Oduye, and Phylicia’s daughter Condola Rashad as Julia Roberts’ former character Shelby.

The film’s backdrop is a hair salon and Southern culture is a prominent theme, both aspects of the original that make it less of a mystery how the network powers that be came up with the idea to do a black version that could be more than just black actresses miming their white predecessors. But is a remake necessary? Probably not.

Steel Magnolias is a good movie, but it is sad. It’s a story of triumph and friendship and love and all of that, but it’s one of those movies you only watch if you’re in the mood for a good cry (add to that list The Joy Luck ClubTerms of EndearmentBeaches, and The Color Purple depending on how many times you’ve seen it). When the film premieres later this year under Kenny Leon’s direction (he also directed the ABC version of A Raisin In The Sun to ABC, so I have to admit how much I fear cheesiness from him), will it ever be able to take the place of the original? Wouldn’t fresh material tug at our heartstrings with considerably more…oomph?

Do you look forward to the black Steel Magnolias reboot?

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Er…Lifetime…stick to syndicated reruns of TV shows and damsel in distress movies…that is all…

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  • MsQuita

    I want to see it out of curiosity……….. will it be as good as the original??? Looks like a good cast though……

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  • kidole

    Nope, Steel Magnolias is a top 5 classic!

  • Joan

    Good for them! I’m glad to see great black actresses get quality work. I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Cia

    Yeah as much as this concept concerns me I will have to watch…

  • Shay

    Ok? The scene with M’Lynn at the cemetery makes me cry and laugh at the same time!

    Can’t nobody do the original any justice, but i’m all for my sistas gettin’ some work.

    I’ll go ‘head and support this endeavor…

  • Whatever

    I’ll definitely give it a shot. This cast sounds interesting. Only person I’m confused about is Queen Latifah.

  • CurlySue

    If it’s Lifetime, I wonder how they’ll be able to fit the themes of domestic violence, rape, murder, and pedophilia in, since that seems to be the only type of original movie they put out.

  • CurlySue

    OH and adultery. How could I forget lol.

  • Jaslene

    What made A Raisin in the Sun cheese-y I thought it was great and stayed true to the book.

  • binks

    I love steel mognolias so I don’t know the cast does sounds great but the original has a favorite place in my heart when it comes to movies

  • Tami

    I will watch it…I really don’t know why so many remakes of films have to be done when there are plenty of books out here with interesting storylines that new films can be made from….I wish I had some serious money so that I could produce new movies with African American stars.

  • Donna Green

    This is a super idea,,,,,i think out will make a great remake ,,,, when will it air on lifeline?

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