'Waiting to Exhale' sequel script in development
February 16th, 2012
09:40 AM ET

'Waiting to Exhale' sequel script in development

It's not just her music career that Whitney Houston has suddenly left behind, but her film career as well.

At the time of her death, Fox 2000 Pictures was working on a sequel to 1995's "Waiting to Exhale," which was adapted from Terry McMillan's best-selling novel. All of the original actors - Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine and Whitney Houston - were to return, with Forest Whitaker directing.

The sequel is set to be adapted from McMillan's 2010 follow-up, "Getting to Happy."

The president of Fox 2000, Elizabeth Gabler, told New York Magazine's Vulture that she didn't think Houston would want the movie project to fade away in light of her death.

"It's almost in her honor that we think to soldier on," Gabler said.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox adds in a statement that the project is very much still in its early stages.

“The script is only in development," 20th Century Fox tells CNN. "We had no proposed start date or release date. As of now, we have only just dealt with our sadness about Whitney's untimely passing and have not decided what to do with the casting, role, or script.”

Gabler said as much while speaking to Vulture, noting, "We literally have not talked about anybody for that part. Forest, I know, is just ... grieving. He’d been the one who was speaking with her, updating [Houston] on its progress."

In the meantime, Houston will make her posthumous return to the big screen in August in "Sparkle."

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  1. J. Hunter

    Kimberly Elise or Kerry Washington could easily replace Whitney Houston. They are both great actresses. Kimberly is very similar in stature.

    March 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linda favour

    She is dead nd she must be replace in dat character wth sum1 else. But i luv her nd she's gone 4eva.

    February 22, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. pmartin

    Although I feel Whitney Houston is virtually irreplaceable but given the fact that she would probably want it to continue and the story has already been written by McMillian. So if I had to choose; I'd definitely suggest Vivica Fox, or Sanaa Lathan. As for Whitney will always be loved and remembered and was a true jewel...RIP Whitney....

    February 19, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. The One Who Knows

    Why? The first one wasn't male-slamming and rediculous enough?

    February 17, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. mercenary76

    call it 3 hoes this time since the flic should have been called 4 hoes last time .

    February 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kim

    My friends and I was debating on the soundtrack because the original was soooooo GREAT and will miss Whitney! I say add men to this one like Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell, Jaheim and or Ne-Yo (who should produce with BabyFace). Now what females. My daughter thinks some of the originals should be brought back like Patti, Toni Braxton, Chaka but add Monica, Ledisi, Chrisette Michelle. I think Adele would be a great addition as well. What young hip hop group/artist would rep TLC?

    February 17, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. JD

    Hudson is to young to play the part. But there is plenty of talent to consider, like Vanessa Williams. It would be wonderful if Whitney's music could be used in the film.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. A

    Let Jennifer Hudson play the role. And when she wins her second Oscar for that role, she can dedicate it to Whitney Houston.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amelia

    Agree that J.Hud would be awesome for the role. It is my favorite movie of all time...Even more so now that I'm divorced! lol

    February 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donald Pettis

    Let Jennifer Hudson play the part, she can act & sing, she almost sound like Whitney !!!!!!

    February 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dilyah

    U ppl are unbelieveable. Someone has lost a daughter, mother, sister aunt and friend. Could the haters just take time to let them mourn. It is a shame to read the comments of some ppl. Never thought we could be so cruel in the death of others. I pray that God heals the sorrow left with the family. And as far as the movie, it can wait.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bucktooth

    Remakes are never as good as the original! They try and it's never quite the same. Hollywood runs out of stories to do!

    February 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cynthia godley

    Deepest sympathy 2 the family lets remember whitney as she was and realize there things go on everyday and in the movie waiting two exhale why not pattie labelle

    February 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lea Ann

    Maybe they should tell the real follow-up story. The main couple gets divorced and she accuses him of using her. They then wade through the muck of a messy divorce. They can call it "Wading to Ex-Hell"
    Maybe the truth would be too much of a downer.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. len

    If they are going to do the project then they have an obligation to adhere to the integity of the storyline. All of these woman have aged which obligates the casting director to choose from amognst the matured talent available. Is Tina Turner available? What about Phylicia Rashad? LisaRaye McCoy-Misick? Vivica A Fox? Niecy Nash? The world did not end with the passing of Whitney Houston, just as it did not end when Gregory Hines passed away. No, it will not be Whitney in the role, but it should be an actress who would bring the depth to the role a younger actress cannot. Rewriting the entire storyline would change the entire message. Perhaps there is a new talent out there waiting for their big break and this could be it for them. ~~~RIP MS HOUSTON~~~

    February 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. kisha

    No one can play whitney's part in Watin To Exhale. But very good idea to bring Bobbi Christine in as a young adult. I also think people need to go get a life like you ain't never had a struggle in life before you judge you better make damn sure you can walk on water because only person i know can do that is JESUS!

    February 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      Jennifer Hudson!

      February 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      No to JHud (getting type casted but shoud be on soundtrack)!!! People kill me giving "don't judge" speeches when others have an opinion. EVERYONE I know has an opinion on something! We have lowered our standards so much these kids are suffering!!!

      February 17, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. Deb

    Sorry Terry I know you don't want us discussing this so soon BUT bring in Viola Davis to take Whitney's place!! That soundtrack will miss The Voice because I play Waiting to Exhale TO DEATH!!!! By the way played Sparkle soundtrack last night and ReRe tears it up. If The Voice was still in tact Whitney could have given ReRe a run for her money but I wish R. Kelly luck because he is a GREAT songwriter (Ali theme my fave!)

    February 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Randi

    If the movie will truly be based on the book "Getting to Happy", her role will have to be recast because her character does not die in the book.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mrs Tyler

    That would be really nice and i wish the news stop looking to see was it drugs and talking Bobby Brown is here ex we know that who cares its time for the family to pull together and let them mounor her death.Please remember when that found her there was 2 thumbs was heard someone in the room report it. R.I. P. if you cant she anything good just shut the hell up.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. derp

    "Waiting to Exhale"

    They are going to be waiting for a very long time.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Simon

    Have her character die ad have her daughter instead play a new character brought in to replace the time that Whitneys character would have had. The ultimate tribute. If they wont go for that, then how about bringing Tyler Perry in to play WHoustons character and say that the character had plastic surgery that went wrong and hence looking different. Could be very funny!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kashbmaryd

    Let her character die and bring someone else in. It'll be fine I'm sure.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lab

    Yes that would be nice.

    February 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  24. Adam

    Wouldnt it be more of a tribute to not recast the role? And by the way thirsty!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

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