Despite the unexpected passing of Whitney Houston, Fox 2000 is moving forward with its proposed sequel to 1995’s “Waiting to Exhale”. Fox 2000’s president Elizabeth Gabler tells Vulture that “it’s almost in her honor that we think to soldier on.”
Author Terry McMillan penned the sequel “Getting to Happy” in late 2010 and Fox quickly picked up the rights. “Single Ladies” writer/producer Lori Lakin and McMillan have been working to adapt the book into a script for the past eighteen months.
With the film now becoming a priority however, the studio will likely soon hire new writers who’ll be able to work on it full-time under the supervision of original ‘Exhale’ director Forest Whitaker.
The original followed four female friends (including Whitney and Angela Bassett) living in Arizona, their relationships with men, and their friendship with one another. The film became something of a social phenomenon for its portrayal of middle-class suburban African-Americans, a demographic never really catered for on film at the time.