Lawsuit May Halt Airing of TV’s Steel Magnolias

Producer decries remake starring Queen Latifah. 

Posted: 10/02/2012 09:00 AM EDT

(Photo: Lifetime)

The TV remake of Steel Magnolias has been hit with a lawsuit a week before it is scheduled to air.


TMZ reports that Victoria L. White, the executive producer of the 1989 sentimental classic film Steel Magnolias, is suing Sony Pictures and Lifetime Television, producers of the TV version, claiming she is not getting the credit or the cash she deserves.


The upcoming TV movie stars Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard.


In a suit filed on Monday, White claims she has a "television agreement," which entitles her to a co-producer or co-executive producer credit on any TV project based on her hit film. Also, White contends she's entitled to some cash for the remake, including a $15,000 fee, plus up to 3.75 percent of net profits from the movie. White claims Sony is fully aware of her TV deal, having given her a co-producer credit (and compensation) the first time this happened in 1992 when another TV movie based on Steel Magnolias was produced.


For her troubles, White wants compensation on the Lifetime remake. She also wants an injunction to keep the film from airing. It is scheduled to air on October 7.   


The original film starred Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts.


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