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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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76.

Shanice    

That's just like getting white women to do the remake of the help, just sayin

661 days ago
77.

gossipgirl86    

Dammit. I really wanted to watch that Sunday!! It better still air!!!! Pay up SONY!

661 days ago
78.

Lurker    

She better take the $15,000 and run like hell. If they show the best parts of a movie in the previews, then this one ain't gonna make a dime. Old black women trying to act like Southern white women just don't get it. One must ask WHY did they do this?

661 days ago
79.

Erin    

From the clips that I saw there is nothing original about this movie so why remake it, don't you remake something to put your own spin on it? The script (in the clips) was word for word from the original. It makes me think that the only reason that this was remade was just to cast all black women. I hope I'm wrong but and I can't see any other reason for it.

661 days ago
80.

MEME    

I don't see remaking a film with an all black cast as racist, the people saying that obviously don't know what racism is. As whitewashed as Hollywood is, George Lucas had to beg for major film studios to greenlight a film about the Tuskegee Airmen. But they will be quick to greenlight a film with black actors that portrays a negative stereotype about black people I.E: Soul Plane. Basically if a black actor or actress isn't protraying a gangster, pimp, prostitute, or mammy, then the roles aren't gonna be there.

And lets not talk about the roles written for minorities, but cast by white actors because the movie producers believe that minorities can sell out box offices, like The Hunger Games the protagonist is supposed to be a Latina, but they cast a white girl in the role. And then people get mad when minorities get roles that were specifically written for them, I'm referring to those supposed Hunger Games fans that were complaining about the black actors that were cast in the leading roles that they were supposed to get.

Talk about racism, I didn't see black people complaining when Sex & The City came out, especially when it's a white version of Living Single, so miss me with that racism mess.

661 days ago
81.

girl unimpressed    

jebus fecking crisst, TMZ staff you are such huge a$$holes. Steel Magnolia's is a true story, about the author's younger sister who was also his best friend. nice of you to sh!t all over the story with your unqualified criticisms.

661 days ago
82.

Chitwn96    

They should pay her, where do they get off taking movies and not pay the rightful owner and they don't even get permission, either pay up or remove it from tv! Look what lady gaga did she took one of Madonna's beat and added some of her own lyrics but it still sounded like Madonna's music did Queen Madonna get paid ? Probably not.

661 days ago
83.

AZCHIC83    

what is there to make off of it.... its not like its coming out in theaters in a made for tv version... just pay the woman and get on with it as for it being a black cast... who the **** cares.

661 days ago
84.

hoosier    

Wow, some movies don't need to be remade

660 days ago
85.

Dhahabu    

The remake is an excellent idea. It will be interesting to see these women deal with similar issues as the 1989 cast...but from an African American perspective

660 days ago
86.

mseljb    

OMG the post oI never post on these sites but the comments just got under my skin. This remake is no where near disrespectful. I do agree that the original producer should get whats owed to her. and on what planet is Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah, Alfree Woodard and Jill Scott C list?? Those of you that are looking at this as a black or white issue probably watch Honey Boo Boo faithfully. Get over yourselves and don't watch. These ladies have a big enough following to make the premiere a success!! PS. I think a white waiting to exhale cast would be hilarious .

660 days ago
87.

vrich    

IF it was NOT a race issue, then 1. this movie would not be made. and 2. it would not be made with a black cast. The writers,producers etc; KNEW the uprising this would cause, and "even bad media is good media". If it wasnt a RACE issue, then why does it have to be a different race, in a remake that should never be made in the first place. It's a RACE issue, because if "white" producers, writers, etc was to go and remake "Waiting to exhale", "The Help", "The Color Purple", "Beauty Shop" with an ALL WHITE cast, the "Crap" would hit the fan. THIS, became a RACE issue, the minute the producers, writers said, "HEY...let's do a remake of Steel Magnolias" but with an ALL BLACK cast. THAT'S the second it became a race issue. And for the record, having an all white cast redo "The Color Purple" would be just as ignorant and there does not need to be a remake of "The Color Purple" either. Things that are fine, perfect, the way they are, should not be messed with.

660 days ago
88.

blkfootblaque    

shes entitled to all profits, because it's her baby. She came up with this movie/book and everyone loved it. Give her her dues and stop being greedy, lying backstabbing leeches.

658 days ago
89.

blkfootblaque    

somebody pay the lady. It's her movie/book that has made all of us enjoy, so why not give her the share she's suppose to have. STOP THE MADD NESS!

658 days ago
90.

Rosie Gee    

It's a shame how some of these big companies think they can screw you to have a remake of a great movie, that needs not to be remade. It's fine the way it is. Everytime someone makes a sequel, the story gets lost in translation. It won't be the same. Why can't they leave well enough alone. I hope Victoria L. White recieves her compension that she deserves. Shame on Lifetime and shame on Sony.

658 days ago
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