Fox 2000 has hired Michael Elliott (Just Wright) to write the script for Getting to Happy, the sequel to 1995’s Waiting to Exhale. Forest Whitaker directed Waiting to Exhale, an adaptation of the novel by Terry McMillan that followed the relationship between four black women played by Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon. The sequel novel revisits the four core character fifteen years later when “each is at her own midlife crossroads.” THR reports McMillan took the first pass at adapting Getting to Happy and Lori Laken Hutcherson worked on the script before Elliott took over.
It will be interesting to see how the studio proceeds after the death of Houston in February. The rumor mill says Oprah Winfrey might assume the role, but there is nothing concrete yet. In fact, there is no word on whether any cast is returning, including notable Exhale cast members Dennis Haysbert, Mykelti Williamson, Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Faison, and Wendell Pierce. Hit the jump for the book synopsis for Getting to Happy and the Waiting to Exhale trailer.
[Getting to Happy] revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she’s made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again—at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life—to wear a wedding dress— has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They’ve exhaled: now they are learning to breathe. [Amazon]