By Nicole Sperling
Updated September 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM EDT

Considering three of best-selling author Terry McMillan’s novels have been adapted to either the big- or little-screen, it’s no surprise that her latest endeavor, Getting to Happy, is receiving another life on celluloid. Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed that they’ve optioned the recently released sequel to Waiting to Exhale with McMillan and Lori Lakin Hutcherson writing the script together.

The two scribes first met when Hutcherson was a studio executive working with Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler on Waiting to Exhale, McMillan’s debut novel. McMillan was actually Hutcherson’s inspiration for quitting her Hollywood job to take up screenwriting full-time. She has since written for a variety of television shows.

Fox 2000 plans to move quickly on Getting to Happy, which centers on the four women of Waiting to Exhale 15 years later. They are all now in their 50s at their own mid-life crossroads. No news on casting yet, but as a refresher, the four women of the 1995 Forrest Whitaker-directed movie were played by Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rachon. How cool would it be to bring them back for another round?