Screen Gems will remake Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film The Big Chill, reports Variety.
The movie will likely be retitled, but the original script by Kasdan and Barbara Benedek will be used as a template; the storyline will be contemporized and the cast will be African American.
Screen Gems owns the rights and will hire a screenwriter to do a polish on the original script. Kasdan is not involved.
Regina King will be part of the ensemble, and she will produce with her sister, Reina King, and Will Packer (Stomp the Yard).
The remake will stick closely to the original storyline, in which seven college friends reunite over a weekend at a South Carolina house for the funeral of a pal. As they get reacquainted, they become introspective about how their lives turned out.