Terry McMillan's 'Waiting to Exhale' sequel, 'Getting to Happy,' headed to the big screen

Considering three of best-selling author Terry McMillan’s novels have been adapted to either the big- or little-screen, it’s no surprise that her latest endeavor, Getting to Happy, is receiving another life on celluloid. Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that they’ve optioned the recently released sequel to Waiting to Exhale with McMillan and Lori Lakin Hutcherson writing the script together.

The two scribes first met when Hutcherson was a studio executive working with Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler on Waiting to Exhale, McMillan’s debut novel. McMillan was actually Hutcherson’s inspiration for quitting her Hollywood job to take up screenwriting full-time. She has since written for a variety of television shows.

Fox 2000 plans to move quickly on Getting to Happy, which centers on the four women of Waiting to Exhale 15 years later. They are all now in their 50s at their own mid-life crossroads. No news on casting yet, but as a refresher, the four women of the 1995 Forrest Whitaker-directed movie were played by Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rachon. How cool would it be to bring them back for another round?

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  • ceebee

    Would LOVE to see the original cast back together again!!!

  • Felanice Yancy

    This would be awesome if they could bring back the original cast! I sure hope they don’t change up everybody. Waiting to Exhale was off the chain but no one can play Angela Bassett better than herself. I can’t wait to see this movie! I’m so excited!

  • Nick

    Let’s be real… The only one who can’t do it anymore is Whitney. She needs to get help and silence her demons…

    • Roe

      Lets get real. I am so tired of people downing Whitney like she is GOD. No one is perfect. I guess you can say you led a perfect life huh. She did what she did and she is past it now and is looking and sounding much better than before. If she could do it then she can certainly do it now. When the movie was filmed Whitney was at the peak of her drug use and she still did an excellent job. She can do anything in her sleep. Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.

  • Brett

    It would be nice to see ANY of them getting work. It’s been a while since any of them have been in anything notable on the big screen.

    • Happyno

      It’s doubtful this movie will be made. When the original was produced, Whitney Houston was a much bigger star and had a polished image and perform and produced on the soundtrack. With the singer completely off the rails, no studio will make this movie. Nor will they attempt to recast the movie as they believe minority films have limited appeal.

      • DDB

        No studio will make this movie? According to the article, it’s already been optioned by Fox, which is the first step. Of course, that’s no guarantee that the movie will be made, but it’s already got more going for it than a spec script or a pitch. As more minority films having limited appeal, I think the last 5 years worth of Tyler Perry films might prove otherwise.

      • Bee

        You are an A___..

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      • David Lightfoot

        Last year, I would have disagreed with this post. But now with the news of Whitney Houston’s tragic death, it seems very unlikely this movie will be made. This movie will not be the same without her, she she had chemistry with the other three ladies, and honestly, I don’t people will agree to a Savannah Jackson recast. They could start with Bernadine, Gloria and Robin hearing of Savannah’s death and attending her funeral, but re-writing the script minus her character might be difficult. I’m thinking now they’ll end cancelling the project. It wouldn’t surprise me.

      • Anom

        Leese, I love these photos of Rick and Whitney! Fun, pfyalul and oosing with LOVE. My heart is so happy for Rick that he found his happy ending. Thanks for the blog link too, looks like a stunning wedding! Thanks for sharing Leese!!

  • Josh

    whitney will try to do this. she needs more money for crack.

  • Gloria

    I’d like to think that Whitney will make a comeback to healthy living, and do a great job. I hope the Angela Basset character married the Wesley Snipes character. I also disagree on the ‘minority films have limited appeal’ opinion. The first movie grossed quite a bit. If only Black people had gone to see it, it wouldn’t have grossed even half as much. A good movie is a good movie, no matter the color of the people in it, and I really hope the original cast, ALL OF THEM, get together to do this! :)

    • Mia

      She did marry James in the book..and i dont want to give away the story, but i will say that it wasnt what it seemed.

      • Melissa

        It’s always about old white men. That’s the lerabil template. Normally the older white guys are too busy working and providing to pay attention, so there is not much blowback, or they feel secure enough to blow it off.

  • Mark

    If Whitney can’t do it, re-cast Savannah with Halle Berry? Audra MacDonald? Vanessa Williams? Gloria Reuben? Vivica Fox? Any ther casting suggestions…

    • T

      It says that they’re all supposed to be in their 50’s now. For ANY of those actresses to be in it, they would have to make the character a bit younger. Lela Rochon was in the original and she wouldn’t be believable as a 50 year old either. She looks way younger. That said, my vote would be for Vanessa Williams!!

  • Kels

    They shouldn’t be remaking this film. The first film stands on its own. Anyone read getting happy? Is it a believable follow up to the first novel?

    • yahmeen

      its not a remake its a sequel and to anyone else Whitney can do it

    • Mia

      It is. Its a very good book, as well.

  • Mojo Jojo

    Forrest Whitaker directed Waiting to Exhale?! I knew he did Hope Floats; wow!

    • lisa

      It would be great.

  • To Gloria

    Have you seen the grosses for a Tyler Perry movie? What is your pont?

  • T

    It’s Lela Rochon…..not Rachon. Just a bit of a quibble. Anyway…I would love, love, LOVE to see this movie made with the original cast. Does anyone remember that Donald Faison played Loretta Divine’s son in WTE?? It would be really cool to find a way to bring him back too. I just hope that the soundtrack is just as good too. I could NOT stop listening to it when it came out. I am really excited for this to happen!!!

    • Celia

      I would love to see the original cast back together again. Whitney isn’t that bad anymore, so hopefully she can play her role. Its too bad Gregory Hines has passed away. I loved his character in the original film.

  • kenya

    I would love to see the original cast back in this movie and it will do well. WTE is shown on tv numerous times and is almost a cult movie as is The BodyGuard.

    Whitney should do this movie and I would happily pay to see her. I got her new album and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Loretta Devine is now co-starring in Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ movie.

  • jackie

    I have to go out and purchase the book now and I hope that when they do the movie, they don’t chop out big parts of the book that are meaningful.

    I would love to see all the ladies back. It would’nt be the same without all of them and mostly, I would love to see Miss Whitney and Angela back. Actually, I think that with all that she’s been through in life that she could delve into that part really well.

  • cameron

    This movie will be made and Whitney will be the star again. Her latest album only went platinum here and sold over 2mill worldwide while more younger artists with radio airplay and multiple videos struggle to go gold. she’s fine. I saw her on tour and she looked great ans was extremely generous to the fans.

  • Juan Williams

    It wouldnt seem right without da original cast MAKE IT HAPPEN more peps would enjoy it much more

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