Posted by: popcouver | October 13, 2011

Steel Magnolias Remake?! Say it ain’t so!

Apparently Lifetime has decided to remake the 1989 classic, Steel Magnolias which originally starred Julia Roberts and Sally Field. I am not so sure that is really a good idea. First of all, yes the 1989 version was already a redo of the 1987 play, but the film is what really made the story famous! No one wants to see a redo of a redo. Second, the 1989 film version is so iconic! It was one of the films that really made Julia Roberts the star she is today. Third, it will be very difficult for anyone to cast a group of women who could even come close to that of the 1989 cast. Seriously though, the first film starred Julia Roberts as a new bride, Shelby, whose mother, M’Lynn, played by Sally Field, frequents a beauty shop where friends — played by Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine — squabble, joke and bond as tragedy befalls their circle. There is no way that can be reproduced. Hopefully for this film they don’t try to copy it completely, but instead make it there own.

And it sounds like that is the plan! Apparently this new version will be set in modern day, not the 1980’s and will star a African American cast! This sounds pretty intriguing. However, I am still a little worried. I personally grew up with Steel Magnolias and don’t think I will be able to handle a redo. This is even worse than the Foot Loose redo. Fingers crossed no one decides to do a Pretty Women redo. That would be my final straw.

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