Terry McMiliian’s long anticipated follow-up to her bestselling 1992 Waiting to Exhale novel, Getting to Happy, is available on bookshelves everywhere. Now the brilliant writer, and favorite aunt in our head, confirms that her new literary offering will indeed have a film adaptation, giving the popular “Waiting to Exhale” movie a sequel.

Getting to Happy has been optioned by the 20th Century Fox production team behind the “Waiting to Exhale” blockbuster that starred Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon.

McMillian reveals that she has already finished the script and shooting could be begin as early as next year. What’s even more exciting is that the famed writer dishes that the film will likely have the same cast, three already confirmed!

But we have to say, we hope Tyler Perry doesn’t have a hand in it. Not to be hateful or hyper-critical at all, but it seems like no Black movie has been made here lately that hasn’t in some way been shaped, produced, or directed by the busy rags to riches power player. It would be kind of awesome if some other Black person could interpret the experiences of Black women in America on film . . . maybe umm . . .  well . . . a Black woman?

At the end of the day, we’re overjoyed to see where Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and Robin left off. And it’s also likely that no matter who’s in the director’s chair *coughs out the original director Forest Whitaker* we’ll be the first in line to buy our movie tickets.

Are you excited for the new novel and upcoming sequel? Sound off!

  • http://twitter.com/drewshane Drew-Shane

    I was actually thinking about picking up the book. I heard she was doing a book signing in my area. I can’t wait for the movie to come either.

    Let’s not even mention Tyler Perry at this point- don’t jinx anything…

  • Beautifuldaidreamer

    I’m sooo excited that T-Mac is back! (damn, that sounds super corny lol) She’s doing a book signing here on Tuesday and it saddens me that I’ll have to put my academic progress before my love of Black fiction. *le sigh*

    And speaking of Black women directors, where is Gina Prince-Bythewood, btw? T.P. is aight, but dammit if he has his lil soft hands on EVERYthing Black and Female (but not in a romantic way :-/)….

    SN: I think that Debbie Allen would have done great things for “For Colored Girls”

  • http://www.twitter.com/ebonylolita Ebonylolita

    I bought the book on Wednesday, haven’t started it yet. I became interested in the sequel when they previewed the book for 3mo in Essence magazine. I feel that the 1st movie portrayed the book well. Let’s see how far this book gets :)

  • Jason

    Actually I think Tyler Perry would be perfect for directing this after all this festival of black woman downtrodden-ness on film birthed him.

  • binks

    I want to read the book first but I would love to see this movie. As for Tyler Perry I don’t hate him but I’ am not in love with his work either

  • Dora

    I hope that Tyler is not involved in this either. Most of his movies,have come out good. And even the ones that were supposed to be funny,have their truths. Waiting To Exhale (my opinion) was about a whole lot of drama. what woman would hold on to a married man. I want to see truth, not fairy tales

  • http://twitter.com/sunshyne84 Baby D

    I don’t understand why TP was even brought up, but I don’t know if I wanna see this yet. I mean it’s been so long. I guess I’d have to read the book and see what the story is about to know if it is actually worth it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/TheBlack-BoxOffice/1485474273 TheBlack BoxOffice

    It would be really nice if Forrest Whitaker could come back and direct the sequel.
    To watch the artistic growth of the actors and his now seasoned experience as
    director would make for a wonderful movie, IMO.

    I’m personally waiting to see what TP does with color girls before my final verdict on him but I tend to lean towards Binks thoughts.

  • Becca_NYC

    wow..I didn’t even know there was a sequel..definitely will be picking it up. I doubt TP will be involved (thank you Jesus!), since he is under Lionsgate and the film is under 20th Century Fox. I would love it if we could get a female director..top three picks: Gina Prince-Blythewood, Kasi Lemons and Sanaa Hamri.

  • jay

    Whitney better confirm. The music careers over so she may as well do a movie.

  • http://getme-lolly.blogspot.com/ GETMELOLLY

    Part of me wants Whitney in this sequel, but the other part says NOOOO!!! KEEP IT WHITNEY FREE!
    She’ll probably steal all the lime light before they even start filming, by either requesting some ridiculous fee or doing something crack related!

  • Yolanda

    Whitney needs to tone up if she is gonna do the sequel. From what I have seen she ain’t been looking too hot as of late. Does Lela Rochon still act? Regardless I am looking forward to seeing Angie B. and Loretta D.

  • Lala11_7

    Let’s be real…the FIRST movie wasn’t Oscar worthy…it was OKAY…Tyler Perry certainly wouldn’t do anything worse to the franchise…plus…Tyler could GET IT MADE BY HIMSELF…

  • Me27

    LOL! i agree it definitely was not oscar-worthy. And, i hate to say this, but adding TP to this may make it better.

  • Me27

    Idk if i want to see this. I remember going to the movies to see Waiting to Exhale (i was like 13) and I hated it! It wasn’t until i got older that i began to appreciate the movie and could somewhat relate. But even with that said, i’m not sure if i want to see a sequel…i mean it’s been 15 years. If a sequel was going to be done it should have been done a long time ago.

  • http://www.eclecticflavor.blogspot.com EclecticFlavor

    I am really excited about a sequel
    i love the first film waiting to exhale.
    Personally I don’t think that Perry needs
    a hand inthis one either. I want to see
    someone elses perspective for a change.
    he does great work but I feel like I’m gonna
    know exactly what im gonna get when buying
    a ticket for his films…no offense.


  • kim

    I am looking forward to seeing this and it won’t work unless all of the actresses include. I’m pretty sure that this movie didn’t get greenlit unless whitney signed on and I’ve seen her at Clive davis’ Pre grammy party in Feb and she looked WONDERFUL- still beautiful so no worries there.

    Haven’t seen Lelah Rochon of late but hope she returns as well and whoever said this was oscar worthy?

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