Lena Waithe may just be one of the hardest working entertainers in show business. In between making history as the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, empowering queer black girls every chance she gets, and creating a new HBO series with Kid Fury, she’s now teaming up with Halle Berry to turn 1992’s hit comedy flick Boomerang into a TV series for BET.
In case you forgot, Berry starred alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang. Murphy played arrogant ad executive and ladies man Marcus, but he gets a taste of his own medicine when he meets Jacqueline (Robin Givens) because she also has a noncommittal approach to romance and sex. Then, he meets Angela (Berry) who is a bit more thoughtful and wants more out of love.
More importantly, Grace Jones and Eartha Kitt make iconic cameos.
“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 trailblazer in her own right,” Berry said in a statement. “I’m truly excited to be a part of bringing this iconic and beloved film to the small screen.”
Waithe, fully aware TV viewers may be growing fatigued of reboots, describes that show as a “continuation of the original story.”
“There’s no point in trying to remake a classic,” she said, according to Deadline. “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 TV series is will focus on the modern-day offspring of Berry and Murphy’s characters. It’s set to premiere in early 2019.