Screen Gems will remake Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 film The Big Chill , according to 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.

Regina King will be part of the ensemble, and she will produce with her sister, Reina King, and Will Packer (Stomp the Yard).

A director has not been selected yet, but the studio intends to get the picture in production by year's end.

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.