The iconic 1995 film “Waiting to Exhale” is becoming a TV series, says co-screenwriter and co-producer Terry McMillan.
Thursday on Twitter, McMillan — who also wrote the 1992 novel on which the film is based — revealed the news that the television project will be produced by Lee Daniels, directed by Anthony Hemingway, and written by sisters Attica and Tembi Locke.
So, WAITING TO EXHALE is going to be a TV series. Produced by Lee Daniels. Attica Locke and Tembi Locke are writing. Anthony Hemingway will direct. I lucked out.— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) November 12, 2020
On Friday, Deadline confirmed that the project has long been in development at 20th Television, where Daniels currently has an overall deal.
However, the timeline for the project is unclear.
Earlier this month, co-star Loretta Devine appeared on “The Tamron Hall Show” and gave details about the possible “Waiting to Exhale” follow-up.
“I think they’re doing something about the kids of the women and I think that’s going to be coming out. So look forward. There’s a lot of stuff that’s being developed to look forward to,” Devine dished.
Devine also spoke out about the film’s legacy.
“It changed so much for everybody, not just Black women, but also so many shows came out of that with the same girlfriend format that they used,” she continued.
Helmed by Forest Whitaker in his feature film directorial debut, the film starred Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Devine as a group of Black women who support and listen to each other about love and life.