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'Steel Magnolias' Producer

Lifetime Remake

Is RIPPING Me Off

10/1/2012 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1001_steel_magnolias_lifetimeThe woman who produced the disgustingly sappy tearjerker, "Steel Magnolias" is suing over the upcoming Lifetime TV remake of the film -- claiming she's not getting the credit or the cash she deserves.

Victoria L. White -- executive producer of the 1989 film starring Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine -- filed suit today against Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television ... producers of the new TV movie starring Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad.

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. The movie is scheduled to air Oct. 7.

Here's what we can't figure ... why is this movie still being remade?

23-year spoiler alert: the chick with diabetes dies.

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31.

JDUB    

She shouldn't worry, it's not going to make that much anyway, I've seen the previews, and eh, it's not something I would tune in to see.

689 days ago
32.

Lola    

TMZ Stupid Idiot Jerk Kid Writers, do you realize Steel Magnolias is a true story written by a man who watched his sister DIE from diabetes complications? And about the women in their lives? This cast of strong, southern, white women? How rude, crude, insensitive, hateful, ignorant of you to casually remark, "Oh, yeah, the white chick dies." She was a real person, a young woman who lived all her life with a deadly disease, trying to live as near normal a life as she could. TMZ just looks worse and worse as the days and stories go by.

689 days ago
33.

vrich    

WHY does HOLLYWWOD have to remake any of the GOOD movies? There are some movies, that should just NEVER be touched. I adore Queen Latifah and Alfre Woodard, but THIS is one movie that should not be made, and should NOT be made with this cast. IF, Hollywood can not leave movies alone and just has to do "remakes", why not remake the movies that were a horrible piece of trash, and make those movies BETTER?? I 100% agree with the person who said, "You do NOT put black females in a Steel Magnolia remake, just as you would NEVER, put white females in a "Waiting to Exhale" remake. I am SSOO pissed, Hollywood had to mess with THIS film. IF IT AINT BROKE, DONT FIX IT! You wouldnt take white females and remake, "Beauty Shop". This is SO, SO wrong! Hollywood has already RUINED classics such as "Footloose", "Red Dawn" and even hinting at remaking "Dirty Dancing". Like I said, if you wanna remake movies so bad, if Hollywood is running out of story ideas, go redo the movies that sucked and didnt make squat, and redo those. LEAVE THE GREAT ONES ALONE!!

689 days ago
34.

Blue Lake    

Up yours to the bonehead who wrote this piece! I suppose you're into comic book movies and frat parties. What an a-hole you are to not understand that what may not be for you can still have an enormous, enthusiastic audience. Grow the frick up, you nitwit. I hope the woman who produced this film gets all the money she deserves, plus extra compensation for Sony trying to pull a fast one. And I hope the idiot who wrote this piece gets butt cancer.

689 days ago
35.

Susan    

I don't care how old a movie is, you don't spoil it. Now I've lost any interest in ever seeing this movie.

689 days ago
36.

Dee    

disgustingly sappy tearjerker?????? More tears, more entertainment.You, Sir, don't know what beautiful means! :D

689 days ago
37.

jeff    

At the end credits, it will say..."No middle eastern, asian, or horse hair was harmed during the making of this film."

689 days ago
38.

steak man     

Shouldn't this be on BET?

689 days ago
39.

just because    

thank goodness someone else is on the same page as me.....i was just thinking a couple days ago that fried green tomatoes should have sued steel magnolias from the get go...remember when farrah faucet got amnesia/kidnapped by jeff bridges and he had 3 sons?

689 days ago
40.

just because    

or was it the actor guy from captain ron?

689 days ago
41.

just because    

Kurt Russell, kurt cameron, jeff bridges same thing

689 days ago
42.

Eli    

So they had to do a all Black version? and Ms. White is getting screwed over. That's funny.

689 days ago
43.

Truth    

OH MAN, BLACKS KEEP CRYING ABOUT BEING SHUT OUT OF HOLLYWOOD YET GIVEN A CHANCE, THEY JUST COPYCAT ALL THE CRAP WHITE FOLKS DID 2 DECADES AGO... NO WONDER THEY KEEP GETTIN SHUT OUT. "AND A CIRCLE WE WILL GO... AND A CIRCLE WE WILL GO... HI HO CHERRY-O AND A COPYING WE WILL GO..." #TRUTH!!

689 days ago
44.

Rebecca    

I don't care...Still gonna watch it. They could have changed the story line a little. May be she doesn't die from diabetes. May be she dies from child birth or something. F y'all for hating. Now I'm understanding why Tyler Perry's movies are cast with mostly black people.

689 days ago
45.

urbusted    

Shame on you TMZ- saying " the disgustingly sappy tearjerker" and "Here's what we can't figure ... why is this movie still being remade?"
I absolutely LOVED this movie, it's one of my favorites. Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis were wonderful in this movie!
What's your idea of a good movie? The Hangover?
Keep your opinions to yourself- you are not movie critics!

689 days ago
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