Lifetime’s new “Steel Magnolias” remake will go on, after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied a request for a restraining order.
Victoria L. White, an executive producer on the original film version, filed a lawsuit Monday against Lifetime Entertainment, A&E Networks and Sony Pictures Television.
White charged that the upcoming TV movie version of the film wass being created without her permission or any agreement for the underlying rights.
The suit says White acquired the rights, which were the basis of the 1989 Julia Roberts/ Dolly Parton movie. She said she developed it with the late Ray Stark and others. Stark died in 2004.
According to the suit, in 1991 Sony acquired Rastar Productions, Stark’s company.
White was seeking a producing credit on the TV movie version or series of movies and also compensation of $5,000 per episode and a $10,000 bonus. She also wanted a share of net profits.
According to the suit White was told by the defendants her rights to a TV version were limited to the1992 TV movie where White was created as a co-producer, which White contends is false. She says she is entitled to royalties on any TV versions in the future.