Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Terry McMillan Talks Waiting to Exhale Sequel

According to BET Centric we should not hold our breaths for a Waiting To Exhale sequel. Author Terry McMillan recently spoke with BlackFilm.com about her upcoming film adaptation of A Day and a Dollar Short-- starring Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Mekhi Phifer, Tichina Arnold, Anika Noni Rose and Ving Rhames-- when the conversation quickly turned to talk about her classic drama based on the 1992 novel.
Since Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon graced our screens as Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin nearly 20 years ago, fans have been adamant about wanting a follow-up. Naturally, the second installment would come in the form of "Getting to Happy," the 2012 sequel to "Waiting To Exhale."
Unfortunately, McMillan says the movie is a project that might never surface due to the death of Houston and a few switch-ups at 20th Century Fox. When asked if the sequel will ever get the green light, she said:
"I don’t know; ever since Whitney Houston passed away and the head of Fox Tom Rothman is no longer there. A few weeks after Whitney passed they decided they didn’t need to find someone else but they wanted to tell the story without her character and I had major objections to that. I think that didn’t fit well with the studio and they had someone else try to write the script without that character and to me, the story didn’t make any sense. It was a different story but when you sell the rights to a studio, they have the rights to basically drop a character, add characters if they want to. They have that option and they went through quite a few drafts and they weren’t pleased. I haven’t seen the last one but now I think it’s dead in the water. I also think that story would also be a good series and not because I wrote it. I personally would love to see my last book, “Who Asked You?,” if we’re talking adaptation. I just think we need a variety of television shows but now that we have Netflix and Amazon and all these other alternative networks, you can get away with a lot more. I think we need some intelligent, dramatic and comedic, not slapstick, and compelling stories that are honest, uplifting and respectful."
With that chapter done, McMillan added that she's working on yet another novel titled "I Almost Forgot About You," which will feature all new characters.
Sidebar: Whitney's was such a big star in the first movie that I really don't know how you do another one without her. 

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