Malcolm Lee’s Best Man sequel finally set for November 2013 releasePosted by Wilson Morales
November 1, 2012
After greenlighting a sequel over a year ago, Universal Pictures is ready have Malcolm Lee do a follow up to his debut film, ‘The Best Man.’ The studio has set November 15, 2013 as a release date.
Lee will write and direct the film with Sean Daniel coming on board as a co-producer. It hasn’t been determined yet if Spike Lee, Malcolm’s cousin, and his production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, will also be back as a producer.
Considered among many as one of the best Black romantic comedy films, ‘The Best Man’ opened #1 at the box office when it came on October 22, 1999. The original grossed $35 million.
The star-studded cast included Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau, Melissa DeSousa, Monica Calhoun, Malcolm D. Lee, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, and Terrence Howard.
In early 2011, Malcolm and the cast met in LA for a reunion and discussed the possibility of a sequel.
“The Best Man was the right film at the right time. There were few films prior or since that film that spoke to the generation of African-Americans who I knew, lived, worked, loved and laughed with. I’ve been gratefully astounded over the years at the audience response to the film,” stated Malcolm Lee.
“People have often asked “Whatever happened to those characters? Did Jordan ever find a man? Does Murch stay with Candy? Do Lance and Mia live happily ever after?” I have never really taken the time to answer those questions. But they keep getting asked and in light of how it is in heavy rotation on cable TV it very well may be a sign that those questions need to be answered.”
The film centered on a writer (Taye Diggs) who is preparing to be the best man for his football player buddy (Morris Chestnut), but the timing is bad because the writer’s autobiographical novel is about to pop and it describes how the best man bedded the bride.
“That cast so embodied those roles with such honesty and truth that the movie still holds up today. They hold a very special place in my heart and I thought it was time for us to get together again, catch up and attempt to answer those questions. By night’s end no conclusions were drawn, but we had fun discussing the possibilities. It is our sincere belief that if those questions are meant to be answered they will be . . . someday.”