What rock was I hiding under in 2010 when Fox 2000 Pictures announced that they’d bought the feature rights to Waiting to Exhale and would be creating a sequel? Well they did, and in spite of the recent loss of Whitney Houston, the project will go on as planned with hopes to revive the rest of the original cast.

Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, said in an interview that not only will the show press forward, but “it’s almost in [Whitney’s] honor that we think to soldier on.” Gabler also revealed that talks about who will replace Whitney Houston as Savannah will not begin until the shock of her death wears off … but she does have some ideas:

Given that Oprah Winfrey helped promote the film and has the acting chops, Gabler allowed that “it isn’t inconceivable” that Winfrey herself might have an interest in carrying the torch for Houston, but quickly cautions, “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.”

The interview also mentioned that, in a twist of odd timing, the script for a re-boot of Whitney Houston’s biggest film hit The Bodyguard arrived at studios on Monday, this version with a “U.S. Army special forces commando fresh from Iraq.”

Oh, Hollywood.

Waiting to Exhale without Whitney? Is that a good idea?

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  • Kai

    This film won’t be as good without Whitney!

    But to rework it, they should just have all the friends reunite after the character’s funeral…or is that too close to reality?

  • I think they need to just leave it alone just like The Best Man. It’s been 17 years since the last movie and what would it be like without Whitney? I understand that roles for black actors and actresses don’t come as often as they used to, but in this case it just seems forced. Oprah should be concerned more with her OWN network than trying to replace Whitney if the rumors are true.

    I remember reading something about The Bodyguard sequel and I thought there was a rumor that Rihanna would be reviving Whitney’s role. Hollywood just doesn’t know when to quit. How about come up with some new ideas instead of trying to capitalize off of old ones?


  • binks

    I like Whitney but life goes on projects shouldn’t stop because of her death. That isn’t fair to anybody else personally Angela B was my favorite character Whitney didn’t make the movie for me..shrugs though I do thing they need to give it some time and think through how they going to re-work Savannah’s character but I don’t think they should call the project off

  • We will miss you witney god bless.
    See how celebrity keep there smile

  • MK

    If “Getting to Happy” becomes a movie, I’d rather see it as a Lifetime jawn with some TV actresses than on the big screen with everyone else and not Whitney. And no, they can’t kill Savannah off. If anyone read “Getting to Happy”, there’s already a significant death in the story (not one of the ladies, though) that drives the arc of one of the characters. It would all just be too much.