Terry McMillan Partners With Lifetime to Produce ‘Authentic’ New Movies Centering on Black Women

Terry McMillan (Credit: YouTube/CBS News)

Best-selling author Terry McMillan has inked a deal with Lifetime to executive produce original movies centering on the love and lives of African American women.

Lifetime announced the partnership on Monday, Feb. 5, saying the movies will fall under a new “Terry McMillan Presents” banner.

McMillan is best known for her novels How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale, which were adapted into major motion pictures.

“Terry is an American treasure with her ability to capture the female experience in finding love and happiness,” Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E, Lifetime and LMN, said in a press release. “We are so excited to partner with her on these new movies that I know will also resonate with our viewers.”

Related StoryLifetime Announces Movies Starring Vivica A. Fox and Tom Sandoval

McMillan previously collaborated with the network on the 2014 movie, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on her novel by the same name. The movie’s all-star cast included Whoopi Goldberg, Mekhi Phifer, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Tichina Arnold, and Ving Rhames.

“As women, we can be messy. We can be complicated. We can be so many things,” McMillan said Monday. “Life is never tied up in a bow so it’s thrilling to be back in business with Lifetime who allows women to tell our own stories in an authentic way.”

McMillan has written 12 books. Her debut novel, Mama, was published in 1987, and won multiple awards. Her second novel Disappearing Acts became an HBO film in 2000. All of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, including the latest release, It’s Not All Downhill From Here.

Additional details about the upcoming “Terry McMillan Presents” movie slate will be announced later this year, along with casting information.