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‘Waiting to Exhale’ Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: ‘In Her Honor’

'Waiting to Exhale' Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: 'In Her Honor'

The “Waiting to Exhale” sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston’s sudden death. “I don’t think she would want it to [perish],” said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is “almost in her honor,” she adds.

Houston starred in the 1995 film based on Terry McMillan’s novel. McMillan’s sequel, “Getting to Happy,” was released in September 2010; film rights went to Fox within a week. Gabler tells Vulture that the film was “the biggest barrier-buster for color lines,” and that audiences “practically tore the theater down; we couldn’t get them to leave. All these young women in their twenties and thirties wanted to stay and talk about what they’d just seen: Suburban [black] women drinking Chablis who weren’t living in the projects or stuck in gangs.”

No actress is lined up to replace Houston in the sequel, but Gabler suggests that Oprah Winfrey, a huge supporter of the first film, is not an inconceivable replacement. Vulture has more, as well as details on a planned remake (with eery timing) of Houston’s “The Bodyguard.”

You can watch the trailer for “Waiting to Exhale” and Houston singing the theme song below:

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