10:31am PT by Bryn Sandberg
Reba McEntire to Star in ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ Show at NBC From Norman Lear
Reba McEntire is set to star in a new drama series based on Fried Green Tomatoes in the works at NBC from Norman Lear.
The show is a modernization of the beloved novel and film that will explore the lives of descendants from the original work. McEntire will star as present-day Idgie Threadgoode, who returns to Whistle Stop after a decade away and must wrestle with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life-changing secret.
Lear, an executive producer on the original Fried Green Tomatoes movie, will produce under his Act III Productions banner alongside producing partner Brent Miller. The author of the novel and co-writer of the film Fannie Flagg is also an exec producer. McEntire will also exec produce, while Jennifer Cecil will exec produce and write the script. Universal Television will produce.
Flag's novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe was first published in 1987 and was adapted into a film four years later in 1991. The movie was directed by Jon Avnet and starred Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson. Both the book and the feature garnered critical acclaim.
The news was first reported by Variety.