As they say, the show must go on. That’s exactly what two movie studios are doing with regards to two classic Whitney Houston movies. Prior to her untimely death, Houston finished filming the remake of “Sparkle” co-starring Jordin Sparks. This movie would signal the return of Whit to the big screen. In addition to this film, Houston had signed on to reprise her role of Savannah Jackson from the popular film, “Waiting To Exhale”.
Fox 2000 Pictures picked up Terry McMillan’s literary sequel, “Getting To Happy“, back in 2010. Original director Forest Whitaker once again jumped aboard to helm the project. The initial plan was to have all four original women star in the film adaptation of “Getting To Happy”. Along with Houston, the 1995 chick flick starred Lela Rochon, Loretta Devine and Angela Bassett. Til this day, Bassett setting her ex-husband’s car on fire still gets me fired up. How epic was that scene?
“I don’t think she would want it to,” Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, said in an interview with Vulture. “It’s almost in her honor that we think to soldier on.”
“We literally have not talked about anybody for that part,” said Gabler. “Forest, I know, is just … grieving. He’d been the one who was speaking with her, updating [Houston] on its progress.”
“Waiting To Exhale” isn’t the only Whitney-related film moving ahead. Reportedly, Warner Brothers is going forward with their remake of “The Bodyguard“. BOO. Even before Whitney passed away, I wasn’t a fan of this remake when I first learned about it. Some classics should be left alone, and this is one of them. Since Whitney’s passing, both Jennifer Hudson and Amber Riley (Glee) have both performed “I Will Always Love You“. While I love both ladies tremendously and think they did spectacular jobs, they aren’t Whitney. Now that she’s no longer with us, she’s even more revered and harder to replicate.
In the rumored remake, the bodyguard will be an Iraq war veteran instead of Ronald Reagan’s former secret service agent. With media changing so drastically since the early 90s, the new script will incorporate social networks and celebrity journalism such as Twitter, gossip columns and TMZ. When reports of the remake first surfaced in early 2011, Rihanna, Hugh Jackman, Taylor Swift and Channing Tatum’s names were being thrown around as possible casting options. All have denied their participation and interest in the film.
Out of the two films, I’m okay with the “Waiting To Exhale” sequel moving ahead. I think it’s a great way to honor Houston without bastardizing her legacy like a remake of “The Bodyguard” would. That has trainwreck written all over it. With Houston out as Savannah, who should step into her place? Another actress who can sing or just a fantastic thespian? Calling Viola Davis. I think she’d be great in the role or perhaps Janet Jackson. Having another iconic 80s R&B singer to step in for Whitney would be awesome. What are your thoughts? Sound off below.