Wednesday, February 15, 2012

About that Getting to Happy movie...


First off, I want to apologize for not being around as much as I want to (or suppose to). I had minor surgery last week and needed a few days to recover. That and work has kept me away. I am doing a lot better now.

Yesterday was this blog's second anniversary. I would like to thank all of my readers who have stuck by me these last two years.

But this week has been sad. As you may know, we loss Whitney Houston on Saturday. There have been many questions surrounding her death. What will happen to Bobbi Kris? What will her legacy be? And what will happen to the Waiting to Exhale sequel?

Yes, people have been asking what will happen to the Getting To Happy movie, which will be based off of Terry McMillian's latest book. Savannah, Robin, Gloria and Bernadette are 15 years older, and hopefully wiser. And according to 20th Century Fox, it will still happen.

I have my concerns about the Getting to Happy movie, and it has nothing to do with Whitney.

Let's go back to the 1995 holiday season. I was 16 years old (a half-lifetime ago!) and was a junior in high school. I had read Waiting to Exhale a few years before and was all excited about the movie. I bought the soundtrack and the paperback version of the book (and read it again), waiting until the movie comes out.

Since I'm 16, but look like I'm 12, I ask my mother to go with me to the movie (since it's rated R). So I walk in the theater excited, but leave upset. I thought them, and I still feel now, that they turned a great book into a God-awful movie. The storyline that was in the book just somehow did not translate well in the movie.

Side note: My mother didn't like the movie either and talked about asking Whitney for her money back. To this day, she is the only person I know didn't like the movie and has never read the book.

Which brings me to today. The reason I am hesitant about the new movie is because I am afraid that the screenwriters will mess it up like they did Waiting to Exhale. And I wasn't crazy about Getting to Happy either.

Then there's talk on who would play Savannah. The president of Fox 2000 thought Oprah would be nice. Savannah was so bitter in that book that I can't see Lady O doing it.

One line sister suggested JHud. Too young. Another one suggested Vanessa Williams. I like her, but I would be on the fence on that selection.

Someone on Twitter suggested Vivica Fox. I don't know.

I hope that the Getting to Happy does at least give the book the justice that Waiting to Exhale didn't. And I hope that Whitney's legacy will be honored, movie or not.

This is how I have been feeling since I heard of her passing. RIP Nippy.