‘Waiting to Exhale’ TV Series Heading to ABC

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘Waiting to Exhale’ TV Series Heading to ABC

Almost 25 years in the past, audiences noticed Waiting to Exhale come to life on the large display. Helmed by Forest Whitaker and tailored from the e book by Terry McMillan, the movie featured Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon.

Beloved by followers, the film earned over $80 million on the field workplace. Rumors of a sequel have been floating round for years, nevertheless it’s simply been confirmed a brand new collection is heading to the small display.

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‘Waiting to Exhale’ with Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston | Frank Trapper/Corbis by way of Getty Images

Terry McMillan wrote a sequel, screenplay

Fans are in all probability conscious that McMillan penned a follow-up novel known as Getting to Happy which was revealed in 2010. Initially, a movie model was within the works as early as 2011 (with a screenplay by McMillan), however the tragic dying of Houston modified issues.

After she died, there have been discussions about eradicating her character Savannah from the film or changing her with one other actor.

During the previous 5 years, McMillan and varied forged members hinted that the sequel may nonetheless come to fruition. When Devine appeared on Tamron Hall’s present with Omari Hardwick, she talked about that Lee Daniels and McMillan had been attempting to get one thing like a sequel off the bottom. It’s now coming collectively as a TV present.

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Lee Daniels turning ‘Waiting to Exhale’ into TV collection

According to Deadline, ABC has agreed to a “script commitment with penalty,” that means they’ve greenlit a pilot for a Waiting to Exhale TV collection. Lee Daniels has signed on to supply the present with sisters Attica and Thembi Locke on deck as writers.

McMillan—who will take part as a consulting producer—despatched out a tweet on Nov. 12 asserting the e book would grow to be a TV present.

Some followers expressed pleasure, others felt the property shouldn’t be touched, and one group began throwing out their casting want listing on social media. Questions abound about who will play Savannah, Bernadine, Robin, and Gloria, and whether or not the OG forged will seem.

There can be curiosity surrounding a attainable musical rating, because the movie’s soundtrack topped the charts and spawned Houston’s last primary hit.

Per Deadline, the brand new iteration of Waiting to Exhale “looks at the next generation of our women through the lens of the tangled friendships and complicated lives of their daughters.”

McMillan answered a fan query on Twitter and stated she doesn’t make casting selections, however that doesn’t imply she gained’t weigh with ideas. Viewers may even see a few of their favourite actors—or singers—within the collection.

Daniels has different initiatives on the burner

Daniels wrapped up Empire‘s sixth season–minus the previous few episodes–again in April. But because the high of the yr, his title has been connected to new movie and tv productions.

There’s one in growth at Amazon, a sitcom coming to BET+, one other drama for Fox, the Concrete Cowboys movie starring Idris Elba, and The United States vs. Billie Holliday film that includes Andra Day.

Fans can control social media for updates concerning the new Waiting to Exhale collection to seek out out if and when it’ll drop.

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