Steel Magnolias is blooming again, with Lifetime set to make a made-for-television film based on the play and 1989 feature film. Queen Latifah is set to star and executive produce the Lifetime Original Movie Event which will go into production next month in Atlanta and will air later this year.
In addition to Queen Latifah, the cast of this Steel Magnolias will include Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye, and Condola Rashad. Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) is directing from a script adapted by Sally Robinson (Iron Jawed Angels).
According to Lifetime, this version will “chronicle the lives and friendship of six women in Louisiana. Supporting each other through their triumphs and tragedies, they congregate at Truvy’s beauty shop to ponder the mysteries of life and death, husbands and children – and hair and nails – all the important topics that bring women together.”
“The caliber of talent associated with this film is astounding and falls in line with our strategy to make Lifetime a first stop for the industry’s best both in front of and behind the camera. Queen Latifah, Phylicia, Alfre, Jill, Adepero and Condola are some of the most celebrated women in music, film, television and stage – and we could not be more thrilled and honored for them to bring Robert Harling’s poignant story about the strength of women to a whole new generation,” stated Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks.
Source: Sony Pictures Television – March 19, 2012