During the Waiting to Exhale TV series wait, many people talk about other great Black movies that deserve to be adapted for television. Waiting
Many people have been talking about other Black films that deserve their own television show since the news broke that Waiting To Exhale, the 1995 woman-bonding classic, was going to be adapted for television.
It’s not hard to come up with a list of contenders, and some of them may be more relevant today than when they were first released.
Take, for example, Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing, which said a lot about race relations in the United States. Many of these issues are still present in American society, so it’s possible that these films will have a significant impact on television.
1. Boyz N The Hood
Black films that told gritty stories about life in some of Los Angeles’ roughest neighborhoods were flourishing in the early 1990s. For example, John Singleton’s masterpiece Boyz n the Hood, about kids growing up in South Central Los Angeles, should be adapted for television.
In today’s climate, a showrunner could create a television series based on the same premise, but with an emphasis on the neighborhood’s increasing diversity.
2. Do The Right Thing
It’s still a cultural touchstone in cinema that Spike Lee’s gritty, classic tale of how different kinds of people interact on a scorching summer day interact in Brooklyn with each other.
TV shows based on this film, like Boyz In The Hood (which came out two years after this one), could explore the changing nature of race relations in the Brooklyn neighborhood, similar to how South Central Los Angeles has changed over the years as well.
When Friday was released in 1995, mainstream movie critics were unimpressed, but it has since grown into one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Many people have speculated over the years about how the Friday universe could be turned into a television series, and it makes sense given the film’s slice-of-life vibe. Friday would be one of the most popular comedies on television if it were turned into a sitcom.
A Netflix mini-series based on BlacKkKlansman could easily be made, despite the fact that the film just came out.
Storyline: The true story of a Black law enforcement officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan can be broken down into episodes for a great weekend of binge watching the film.
The movie is a gripping look at racism’s absurdity and how it can be a major stain on society’s fabric.
5. Bad Boys
For the ’90s, this high-octane action flick was made. When Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up to fight drug crimes in Miami, it was a sight to behold.
There are many more-than-worthy actors who could play Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnette’s iconic roles and serve as a great series for a streaming service like Netflix, even if Smith and Lawrence are too old to reprise their roles.
6. The Wiz
The Wiz continues to have cultural impact nearly 42 years after its initial release.
The Wiz, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz, would make an excellent Netflix miniseries that follows Dorothy as she makes her way through a twisted world populated by evil witches and Oz the Great and Powerful.
Talented actors and actresses could take on the iconic roles, and dancers could recreate the City of Oz’s iconic dance scenes, which will live on forever in pop culture.
7. Black Panther
After its release in 2018, Black Panther established itself as a major milestone in the storied Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This superhero sci-fi film could be made by Marvel into a Netflix television series as an homage to the late Chadwick Boseman.
While no one will ever be able to replace Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther, some deserving actors could help bring the superhero’s spirit to television. In anticipation of the release of Black Panther 2 in 2022, a television series centered on the hero would serve as a perfect prequel.
8. The Hate U Give
This 2018 film was a sledgehammer for audiences, and it perfectly illustrated the revived civil rights movement, which has been centered on how police treat people of color of all races.
As a result of Amandla Stenberg’s Oscar-nominated performance, now may be a good time to adapt this powerful story for television, especially on streaming services like Netflix where it will be given the freedom to tell its story without fear of repercussions.
9. The Last Black Man In San Francisco
It’s a recent film like The Last Black Man in San Francisco that beautifully depicts modern times for African Americans. It tells the story of a man who fights to keep his house from being demolished for gentrification in his old neighborhood.
In order to retell the heartfelt story of fighting gentrification, the film’s plot could be easily broken down into a series format, with the film’s stars reprising their roles.
10. Waiting To Exhale
Surprise! There will be a television adaptation of this series, and it is long overdue. The 1995 film is still a powerful story of Black sisterhood and the plot could easily be converted into an engrossing tv drama.
Additionally, there is no shortage of actresses who are willing to take on the iconic roles from the film and update them for a more contemporary audience.
With Lee Daniels at the helm and the Locke sisters (When They See Us, Never Have I Ever) serving as writers and executive producers, the original film will undoubtedly receive the respect it deserves.
Kareem Gantt has been writing professionally since 2012. His eight-year career as a writer has seen him contribute articles on a wide range of topics, including movies, television, and pop culture in general. He enjoys playing UNO games with his friends and binge-watching Disney+ and Netflix in his free time. Orlando, Florida, is where he currently resides.