Halle Berry, Lena Waithe Team To Produce ‘Boomerang‘ Sequel As A Series For BETPosted by Wilson Morales
September 24, 2018
Oscar winner Halle Berry and Emmy Award winner Lena Waithe are teaming up to be executive producers on BET’s small screen sequel to the 1992 romantic comedy Boomerang, which starred Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens and Berry herself.
BET Networks and Paramount Television produced the 10-episode half-hour series, which is set to drop next year.
“I’m thrilled to team up with Lena on this project as she is without a doubt a leading voice of her generation and a trail blazer in her own right,” Berry said in a statement Monday. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.”
“This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story,” added Waithe. “There’s no point in trying to remake a classic. It can’t be done. So we want to create something fresh that speaks to a new generation. We hope people will come to the show with an open mind and ready to embrace the new world we’ve created!”
The original was directed by Reginald Hudlin and had Murphy playing Marcus Graham, a high-powered ad exec who’s the classic ladies’ man. Debonair and a chauvinist, Marcus believes he has to keep bedding women until he’s found the right one to settle with. When he meets and wants the beautiful Jacqueline Broyer (Robin Givens), who also happens to be his boss, little does he know that she’s exactly like him. It’s a game of cat and mouse, with Marcus desperately looking for love in the wrong places…until he finds it with his good friend Angela (Berry).
The series will focus on the modern-day offspring of Berry and Murphy’s characters and the role that Givens played. The opener for the series will be co-written by The Chi creator Waithe and Ben Cory Jones. Having produced the Netflix pic Step Sisters with Waithe, Underground and Insecure scribe Jones will be the showrunner and an EP on the new Boomerang, which was first announced earlier this year.
Chi vet Dime Davis is set to direct the pilot for BET’s Boomerang, with Rishi Rajani of Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions also on board as an EP.
“Partnering an icon such as Halle with a disruptor like Lena is a perfect blend for the creation of a project that tells a classic tale in a relevant voice,” BET Networks president Scott Mills declared on this latest scripted endeavor by the Viacom owned outlet. “This partnership demonstrates BET’s commitment to the continued elevation of the brand, collective creativity and authentic storytelling.”