Waiting to Exhale Sequel Will Go on Without Whitney

The upcoming remake of Sparkle isn’t the only film to be impacted by the death of Whitney Houston. The long-awaited sequel to 1995’s Waiting to Exhale, announced last year with the return of the original cast, was thrown for a toss with the loss of its star.

But an executive at Fox 2000, the studio producing the film, confirms that the project will go on. “It’s almost in her honor that we think to soldier on,” said Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, to Vultureyesterday afternoon.

The project is “a priority” at Fox, says Gabler, and will be fast-tracked by the original Exhale director Forest Whitaker.

So, who will replace Whitney in the sequel?

Gabler says that “it isn’t inconceivable” that it might be Oprah Winfrey, given that she’s already announced her plans to return to acting. However, no deal is in place as of yet.