A socially distanced “Girls Night In” was made for this forthcoming moment. The movie about four Black girlfriends on a pursuit for love and happiness, that many have come to love and memorize line-for-line, “Waiting to Exhale” is making its way back to our televisions.
Terry McMillian, the author of the critically acclaimed 1992 novel tweeted, “So, WAITING TO EXHALE is going to be a TV series.” The tweet has received more than 17,000 likes and growing!
The New York Times bestselling book was brought to life in 1995 with the late Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon leading the film. Forrest Whitaker held the reigns as director for the iconic movie based in Phoenix. Whitaker was applauded throughout the Black community for providing examples of strong Black women. Their bond, and more importantly, the opportunity he provided to those sisters to do their thing while highlighting the ups and downs of love and sisterhood were deeply appreciated. “Waiting To Exhale” received 3 NAACP image awards.
Let’s not even get started with the soulful soundtrack. The legendary, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is responsible for providing the centric sounds which included classics like Whitney Houston’s “Exhale” (Shoop Shoop)” and the still banging “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige. And we can’t forget about Brandy’s “Sitting Up In My Room,” a jam fans recently went crazy over while hearing the R&B songstress sing bits of it during a Verzuz musical battle with Monica. No word on who will be in charge of the music on the TV version of “Waiting To Exhale.”
As far as the new TV show goes, Lee Daniels, mostly known for “Precious” and “Empire” will produce the series. McMillian’s shared that news via Twitter, where she also announced Anthony Hemingway will wear the director's hat.
Lastly, McMillian felt “lucked out” when she announced that two sisters, Attica and Tembi Locke are writing for the show. Attica not too long ago wrote the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated Hulu show “Little Fires Everywhere.”
No date or network has been announced for the soon to be highly anticipated television show for women across the world.