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Original Steel Magnolias Producer Is Trying to Shut Down Sunday’s Premiere on the LifeTime Network

Can’t wait until October 7th? Here is a preview of the much anticipated Steel Magnolias remake. The Lifetime’s movie remake Steel Magnolias, starring Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad. Premieres Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c on Lifetime. But that’s if the original producer actually lets that happen. The woman who produced the original “Steel Magnolias” is suing over the upcoming Lifetime TV remake of the film. She says she’s not getting the credit or the cash she deserves.

TMZ reports,

Victoria L. White — executive producer of the 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine — filed suit (on Monday) against Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television. In the documents, White claims she has a “Television agreement” that entitles her to a co-producer or co-executive producer credit on any TV project based on her hit film.

According to the suit, White also says she’s entitled to some cash for the Lifetime remake — including a $15,000 fee, plus up to 3.75% of net profits from the movie.
White further alleges Sony is fully aware of her TV deal … because it gave her a co-producer credit and compensation the first time this happened. For those who don’t remember (as in all of us), there was already a 1992 CBS TV movie based on “Steel Magnolias.”
White is suing for compensation on the Lifetime remake — and she wants an injunction to stop the film from airing … unless she gets her on-screen credit.

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  • The Queen is thick like peanut butter with no oil, and damnitt I like it.

  • Apparently and understandably the producer of original movie is sour bc she hadn’t received $ or credit she feels she is entitled to. But why what until a week b4 the movie airs to file suit?! It must be more than what she is saying. I hope that the show airs in spite of this foolishness.

  • It is a great movie.n she does deserve to b compinsated.but i dont think she should hold it up ova money…tho alota ppl live by the C.R.E.A.M.factor..i hope it still airs.i wana see if its jus as good

  • I truly hope it gets shut down. I cannot believe they remade this movie the way they did. Steel Magnolias is one of my all time favorite classics and to remake it in an all black cast is a slap in the face to the original production. It’s like trying to remake “Waiting to Exhale” with an all white cast… it’s just not the same, or right!

  • While I appreciate the thought Lifetime, there was really NO NEED to remake this film….I loved it just the way it is.

  • I don’t understand why this is a slap in the face to the original movie when the writer of it said the only way they could see allowing a remake is if it had an all black cast. So is the writer and owner of the movie ok’d and specified an all black cast, well it seems the only one affected is you. And to bring up Waiting to Exhale? Um even though it was a good movie, it fails to compare to Steel Magnolias.

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