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‘Just Wright,’ ‘Brown Sugar’ Screenwriter Hired To Pen Script For ‘Waiting To Exhale’ Sequel

'Just Wright,' 'Brown Sugar' Screenwriter Hired To Pen Script For 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

In February, the talk was on whether the upcoming sequel to Waiting To Exhale would at all be affected by Whitney Houston’s passing, and if the project would actually continue ahead.

With this evening’s news, it looks like the answer to that question is yes! No surprise at all… not to me anyway.

To be based on author Terry McMillan’s book (just as the original film was) Getting To Happy, it’s been announced that Michael Elliott has been hired to pen the screenplay for the filmed version of the novel – although, as we’ve continuously updated you on the progress of the film, you’d know that McMillan was said to have been working on the script adaptation of Getting to Happy for a year, or more.

McMillan wrote an initial draft, and it looks like Elliott is taking over.

As an FYI, I should note that Michael Elliott’s last feature script effort was penning the screenplay for 2010’s rom-com Just Wright, and for Brown Sugar in 2002, so I’d say this is right up his alley.

Getting To Happy will be housed at Fox 2000 Pictures, shepherded by the original Exhale director Forest Whitaker.

Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine are expected to return. I haven’t heard or read anything about Lela Rochon, or any of the other cast members from the first film.

The big question of course is: who might replace Whitney in the sequel, assuming she is?

Earlier this year, when faced with that question, Fox 2000 Pictures prez Elizabeth Gabler said “it isn’t inconceivable” that Oprah Winfrey might be the one (if only as an honor to Whitney), given that she’s already announced her plans to return to acting.

However, as Gabler also cautioned, no deals have been done with anyone.

Waiting To Exhale was a box office success in 1995, grossing about $95 million (adjusted for inflation) domestically, and $115 million worldwide (also adjusted for inflation).

I’d expect this sequel will be on the studio’s release slate sometime in 2013.

Michael Elliott’s a wanted man these days. In a future post, I’ll write about some other projects he’s attached to currently.

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Middle of America

Another Black Romantic comedy?
"Noo, I'm not going to cryyy, cause your not worth my tears.."


How can a movie be made when Whitney Houston just died a few months ago? The spark is gone this movie is not going to be as successful as it should be. No offence to Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon fans but Whitney Houston was the star that has the crossover appeal. Now Whitney is gone this movie might be a huge bomb.


I loved Whitney like everyone else, but this movie is based on a book (series?) and this character was important, like the connection between all the women. There is no reason to cut the character out and do such a major overhaul. And hate to say it, but let's be real, Whitney was not exactly a great actress. Are you guys saying you can't IMAGINE anyone else playing this role? She did OK, but it wasn't like, 'OMG Whitney captured the heart and essence of this character and stole the show and no one else can EVA EVA play her…" LOL.

the black police

All you people saying they should change the plot, do you realize the movie is based on a book????!!!! Still the writers thats just been hired has made some trite movies in the past so I guess we should expect more of it. SMH.


Opennthe scene with Whitney funeral . And don't recast her


Another sub par movie coming our way….


While both Just Wright and Brown Sugar were both lame movies…


They shouldn't replace Whitney. They also shouldn't pull the "she moved to Delaware….." card either. They need to find a proper way to honor Whitney's character. The producers and writers need to have a major brainstorming session to determine how to do this.

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