Last May, Angela Bassett revealed on CBS’ The Talk that a Waiting To Exhale sequel was happening. “It’s preliminary, but Waiting to Exhale 2 is gonna happen,” Angela said at the time. “[Terry McMillan] wrote Getting To Happy and she’s written the screenplay … I’m talking Loretta [Devine], Lela [Rochon], Whitney, Forest [Whitaker] is working on the script now.”
According to the studio head, Whitney Houston’s shocking death doesn’t put the project’s future in jeopardy.
“It’s almost in her honor that we think to soldier on,” Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, told Vulture. Although she’s quick to add, “There is no movie without a great script,” and a completed draft has yet to be turned in.
A week after author Terry McMillan published “Getting to Happy” in early September of 2010, Fox bought the rights to the “Waiting to Exhale” sequel. Once the shock of Houston’s death wears off, Gabler thinks conversations about a replacement will begin. She says that Oprah Winfrey, who has been promoting the film might have an interest. She says, “We literally have not talked about anybody for that part. Forest, I know, is just … grieving. He’d been the one who was speaking with her, updating [Houston] on its progress.”
Vulture also reports that Warner Bros. will receive a package today with the new script of a remake of Houston’s big-screen hit, “The Bodyguard,” which producer Dan Lin has changed by adding a U.S. Army special forces commando back from Iraq.