Terry McMillan Announces ‘Waiting to Exhale’ TV Series Is Coming

Waiting to Exhale (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

There’s a Waiting to Exhale remake in the works, 25 years after the release of the original film.

News of the project came courtesy of Terry McMillan, who wrote the book upon which the movie was based.

“So, Waiting to Exhale is going to be a TV series,” McMillan shared Thursday, Nov. 12, on Twitter. “Produced by Lee Daniels. Attica Locke and Tembi Locke are writing. Anthony Hemingway will direct. I lucked out.”

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The 1995 film starred Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, the late Whitney Houston, and Lela Rochon, and was directed by Forest Whitaker.

The romantic drama followed four Black women living in Phoenix, Arizona, who were best friends and each longed for a committed relationship with a man, so they could stop “holding their breath” in the search for love.

Dennis Haysbert, Mykelti Williamson, Wendell Pierce, Micheal Beach, and the late Gregory Hines rounded out the main cast.

The film grossed over $81 million at the worldwide box office and became a classic.

It featured a Grammy-winning soundtrack, produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and included the Whitney Houston single “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” “Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton, “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige, and “Sittin’ Up in My Room” by Brandy.

According to website Showbiz Cheatsheet, there was previously a Waiting to Exhale sequel in the works, but it stalled after Houston’s death in 2012.

There’s no word yet if any of the original cast members will appear in the new series.