Screen Gems is looking to remake Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film The Big Chill, but it won’t be called that.
The film is going to have a different title, the story will be contemporized, and the entire cast will be African American. So the only thing connecting it to the original is that the script from the 1983 version will be used as a template. The original script was written by Barbara Benedek and Kasdan, but they will not be involved with the rewrite.
The premise of The Big Chill remake will have seven college friends reuniting over a weekend at a house in South Carolina. They are gathering for the funeral of a close friend and all get reacquainted with one another. They all become introspective and analytical about how each other’s lives have turned out.
Regina King is set to star in the film and also produce the film along with her sister Reina King and Will Packer (Stomp The Yard). Music is said to be a big part of the film and may also take note from the original and stick with Motown classics.