‘The Best Man’ is back with a twist!
The much-loved film franchise is returning as a TV show that will be anchored by the original cast.
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NBC‘s new streamer Peacock will serve as the home for the limited series – which has a confirmed title of ‘The Best Man: Final Chapters.’
The 10-episode show will reunite original cast members Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Harold Perrineau.
Malcolm D. Lee, who helmed the first two films, is back on board to write and executive produce alongside Dayna Lynne North (who exec produced HBO’s ‘Insecure’).
Lee said in a statement:
“Here we go! The band is back together! I am very excited to bring these iconic characters back to the fans who have supported us through this franchise. We are thrilled to deliver everything one would expect from this group of friends in ‘The Best Man’ universe and take them through their final chapters. We can’t wait! I told you it wouldn’t be 14 more years.”
Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming added:
We’re excited to reunite this beloved cast for a limited series run of ‘The Best Man’ for Peacock. With a powerhouse duo like Malcolm and Dayna at the helm, fans will fall in love with our favorite group of friends all over again.”
Released in 1999, the original movie ‘The Best Man’ went on to become a bonafide classic – grossing $35 million (against a $9 million budget). 2013 sequel, ‘The Best Man Holiday,’ also did big business at the box office – grossing a mammoth $72 million (against a $17 million budget).
So, suffice to say, this is a huge coup for Peacock and for fans of the franchise.