ABC is making moves to bring a Waiting To Exhale TV reboot to the network. ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to a series based on the 1995 hit film that will come to us from Lee Daniels.
The project will be written by Attica Locke and Tembi Locke and directed by Anthony Hemingway. The story is infused with the humor, sensuousness, and sincerity of the groundbreaking and beloved original film while the TV reimagining looks at the next generation of our women through the lens of the tangled friendships and complicated lives of their daughters. Terry McMillan, the author of the novel on which the film was based, is a consulting producer and she teased the Waiting To Exhale series adaptation on Twitter earlier this month.
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
Waiting to Exhale was directed by Forest Whitaker in his directorial debut, and starred Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine. The film centered around four Phoenix-residing women navigating their complex relationships with the men in their lives as well as with one another. The film became a surprise hit in 1995, grossing $67 million at the domestic box office and $81.4 million worldwide.