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'Waiting to Exhale' Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: 'In Her Honor'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2012 at 4:27PM

The "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston's sudden death. "I don’t think she would want it to [perish]," said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is "almost in her honor," she adds.
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Waiting to Exhale

The "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston's sudden death. "I don’t think she would want it to [perish]," said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is "almost in her honor," she adds.

Houston starred in the 1995 film based on Terry McMillan's novel. McMillan's sequel, "Getting to Happy," was released in September 2010; film rights went to Fox within a week. Gabler tells Vulture that the film was "the biggest barrier-buster for color lines," and that audiences "practically tore the theater down; we couldn’t get them to leave. All these young women in their twenties and thirties wanted to stay and talk about what they’d just seen: Suburban [black] women drinking Chablis who weren’t living in the projects or stuck in gangs."

No actress is lined up to replace Houston in the sequel, but Gabler suggests that Oprah Winfrey, a huge supporter of the first film, is not an inconceivable replacement. Vulture has more, as well as details on a planned remake (with eery timing) of Houston's "The Bodyguard."

You can watch the trailer for "Waiting to Exhale" and Houston singing the theme song below:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.