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Universal Pictures Sets 'The Best Man' Sequel For November 2013 Release

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 1, 2012 4:08 PM
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It was almost exactly 1 year ago when director Malcolm D. Lee revealed that the long-awaited sequel to The Best Man (The Best Man 2 - or whatever it'll eventually be called) had been officially greenlit by Universal.

We haven't heard much since that announcement, and I'd, in fact, forgotten about it... until today, thanks to an email announcement from Universal Pictures, in which the studio sets the release date for the thus far untitled sequel to The Best Man, for Friday, November 15, 2013.

It doesn't give a synopsis, other than to say that Malcolm D. Lee will obviously return to write and direct, as well as produce, with Sean Daniel (The Mummy series) co-producing with Lee.

For years, a sequel to the film that starred Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Terrance Howard, and Morris Chestnut as a group of old friends that reunite for a wedding, has been on the minds and mouths of fans of that first film. 

A reunion dinner with several members of the original cast, and Lee, only fueled rumors of a potential sequel.

Now it's a reality.

Nothing on casting yet either, but word is that the sequel will reprise the original cast, which also included Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Harold Perrineau.

I can't say that I'm all-that interested in The Best Man 2 (I'll always prefer fresh stories, instead of recycling, revisiting or extending old ones). However, I'm definitely curious to find out what story (or stories) Lee will tell the second time around.

When we find out, so will you.

But it's officially dated for a November 15, 2013 release - about a year from now - so it's only a matter of time before news on casting and plot are revealed.

Meanwhile, Lee is busy directing Scary Movie 5 for Dimension Films.

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  • Josh | November 11, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    YESSSSSSS! A sequel I preferred to see. The Best Man is one of my favorite movies. It's gonna be good to see the old cast together again. I hope Malcolm D. Lee direct the sequel and his cousin Spike Lee, who produced the original movie, come back and produce the best man 2 as well. I can't wait to see what the plot is gonna be.

    The Best Man 2 and Waiting to Exhale 2 are two sequels I am interested to see.

  • Cassandra | November 4, 2012 9:25 AMReply


  • Nikki J | November 2, 2012 9:44 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this! I'm curious to know what the plot will be this time around.

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  • willie dynamite | November 2, 2012 2:31 PMReply

    I don't think Malcolm would even do it if there wasn't a new frontier to tread. The possibilities are endless for this sequel. I am excited to see it because The Best Man is a classic! I don't think Malcolm would even do it if it was not done right. He has too much respect for the integrity of the first to just grab a check. In the wake of Think Like A Man, the studio realizes that it would make its money back opening weekend. Tambay I feel you, fresher original stories would be great and I think we are inching closer to that but in the meantime I'm hyped!

  • ChgoSista | November 2, 2012 11:02 AMReply

    I ain't gon' even lie--I'mma be there. Besides, somebody's got to stay on top of and compete with Steve Harvey and his inevitable "Think Like A Man" franchise... *SIGH*

  • Edwina | November 1, 2012 11:57 PMReply

    I agree with you, preferring something fresh and new. But haven't you ever wondered what happened with Lance and Mia after the wedding and how he coped with the knowledge of his bride and his best friend?

  • misha | November 1, 2012 10:09 PMReply

    I hear ya, Tambay....I'd love to see fresher, more original stories BUT The Best Man is one of those rare films that left me WANTING a sequel. It remains my all-time favorite romantic film and I'm confident that Lee and cast will deliver once again, though I doubt it will top the original...but sequels rarely do, eh?

  • CareyCarey | November 2, 2012 3:42 AM

    *LOL*... I know...I know, it ain't right Misha, but it's what we do :-). And you hit on something that I didn't think of. Unlike the remake of Sparkle (terrible movie), this is "the original writer/director and the original cast". Good catch. Now if they can bring back the original writer/director for some of my favorites, I'd have to reconsider. Let's see, is Sidney and Bill Cosby available? If not, get Red Foxx and Richard Pryor on the line. I wonder if Ray's Place is back poppin' up in Harlem? If you can't find their private line, how about Whoopie, Oprah, Danny, Steven Spielberg and Alice Walker? I'd like to see how Shug, Celie, Mister and Sofia are doing. Yep, Color Purple II, the next generation.

  • misha | November 1, 2012 11:12 PM

    Really, Carey? I laud your brilliant insight on slavery films yesterday, yet here you go bothering me for no good reason. That ain't right! lol Listen, this just isn't "someone jackin'" with my favorite film. It's the original writer/director and the original cast, all of whom have shown me they can deliver the goods. Not to mention that the material allows for a continuation in the story. Hence, my reason for wanting to see a sequel. Now of course Universal is doing this for the money, just as they did the first time around. I doubt that will effect Lee's ability to produce a good/great film.

  • CareyCarey | November 1, 2012 10:42 PM

    Now Misha... ALL-TIME FAVORITE? Now look, I typed in caps b/c that's huge for you to say. But if is your best of best, why would you want someone jackin' with it? As Jug implied, you know they're doing this for the money. Heck, you even said sequels are generally "borrowed laughs" so aren't you setting yourself up for failure? But let me think... I'm trying to see how I would feel about one of my FAVORITES being "remade". Hmmm... nope, can't see the benefits. NO-NO-NO, a thousand times NO, I'd rather die than say yes. I'm with Tambay on this one... "I can't say that I'm all-that interested in The Best Man 2 [or any "2"] (I'll always prefer fresh stories, instead of recycling, revisiting or extending old ones)".

  • Jacetoon | November 1, 2012 9:47 PMReply

    I'll go see if Baby Wipes and T Diggs are not in the movie otherwise my dollars will stay in my pocket. DL should have added "and they carry a grudge". Never forgets.

  • ALM | November 1, 2012 11:13 PM

    @ Jacetoon: Baby wipes....snicker :)

  • ALM | November 1, 2012 9:08 PMReply

    Thank you Jesus!!!!

  • Firebrand | November 1, 2012 9:06 PMReply


  • starry118 | November 1, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    I don't mind the continuation of a good story, when done right, and I think Malcolm Lee and the original cast will do just that. November 2013? I'll be in there like swimwear.

  • Darnell | November 1, 2012 10:14 PM

    Starry118, I'm with you and Jug... good story, when done right. Now Jug said, "But if it's a cynical money grab I'm done". In other words, in layman's terms, don't pimp "us" (the actors and the black audience) for the dollars. See, aside from this being classified as a "sequel" what "new" are they bringing to the table. I mean, we've seen this scenerio over and over. As in films like Dysfunctional Friends, Think Like a Man, 35 & Ticking, and to a large degree the "The Game", we've seen the story of attractive middle class black folks, discussing and complaining about life, love and their mates. So in this "sequel" - to do it right - what would you like to see different? Would you somehow change the theme? Would "you" use the same actors ( if possible)? You know, in short,what would you (or Jug, or anyone) do to make this films, this story right, entertaining and different?

  • mantan | November 1, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    i'll take it! lol

  • Jug | November 1, 2012 5:23 PMReply

    DEFINITELY one of my favorite romantic comedies ever. But if it's a cynical money grab I'm done. Story. Story. Story!

  • Alleycat | November 1, 2012 4:43 PMReply

    Oh goodness. Yes!!!! I loved that cast and movie soooo much. I cannot wait to see this. I am so excited for all the shows and movies that are coming out next year for black folks. Happy dancing over here.

  • Stacey Muhammad | November 1, 2012 4:26 PMReply

    Yes indeed! looking forward to this!

  • davidea | November 1, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    Soooooo this (along with Set it Off, Love Jones) is my favorite MOVIE(s) so naturally I'd like it to be left alone, but I like Malcom Lee movies so I'm not mad. I'm going to see it no matter what. Best Man came out when I was a freshman in college and those characters, to me, were who I wanted to be when I "grew up" and now that I'm even older I'd like to see where things are now...Yes I wish "we" could do something original but I'm not mad at this, at all.

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