Waiting-to-Exhale cast*All hopes for a big screen sequel to Terry McMillan’s “Waiting to Exhale” have been squashed by the author herself.

Chatting with S2Smagazine.com, McMillan confessed that no progress has been seriously made since the 1995 original. Among the reasons cited was Whitney Houston’s unexpected death in 2012.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen. I really don’t,” McMillan told the site. “It’s been horrible since Whitney [Houston] passed away for a whole lot of reasons. Fox wanted to basically eliminate that character altogether from the story. How they thought that was going to work, I don’t know.”

Although she admits to the sequel not being as successful as it’s predecessor without a big name star like Houston, McMillan believes that someone just as talented could step in to play the late vocalist’s character Savannah.

“As much as I loved Whitney and I loved her in that role…any time they can have seven different 007s, as iconic as Whitney was and still was, it was a role. It wasn’t Whitney Houston; it was Savannah; you know what I mean,” said the best-selling writer, who offered her own suggestion for suitable replacement. “I still think that Viola Davis would have done and could do a great job playing Savannah.”

Although nothing significant has happened with the sequel, McMillan added that scripts for the project have been attempted, but it just didn’t come together well.

“They got somebody else to write the script. There have been two or three drafts, but it just wasn’t working,” she said while voicing that she would have liked to bring “Getting to Happy,” the title of the book sequel, to movie screens. “It was a story that I thought was more compelling than trying to compete with the predecessor. That’s Hollywood. I think it’s kinda dead in the water.”

Hmm, McMillan has point. So what do you think? Weigh in below.

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