The upcoming limited series 'The Best Man: The Final Chapters' will have 10 episodes.
In 1999, Universal’s hit comedy-drama The Best Man revolved around the story of old college friends reuniting for a wedding. In 2013, a Christmas-themed sequel, The Best Man Holiday came out and ended up being a box-office hit as well. Then came the idea of a third film The Best Man Wedding. While it was announced in 2014 the film never came to light because of scheduling issues. Now a third installment of The Best Man franchise is finally happening... but as a limited streaming series, reports Deadline.
Peacock has reportedly ordered a 10-episode limited dramedy series which will be called The Best Man: The Final Chapters from the movies’ writer and director Malcolm D. Lee and former Insecure executive producer Dayna Lynne North. The Best Man: Final Chapters will bring back the original cast members Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Harold Perrineau. What will it be about? The series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch.
“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,” said Lee. “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.”
“When Malcolm joined the UTV family, our first conversation was about our collective desire to bring his groundbreaking Universal feature franchise to television,” Universal Television President Erin Underhill said. “Three years and one pandemic later, we’re on the brink of doing just that. I’m thrilled for us all to see this goal come to fruition.” North is new to the team but admitted she's always been a fan of the franchise.
“The Best Man films were a cultural touchstone during my college days — and they’ve remained influential pop culture references to this day,” she said. “I’ve grown up laughing with these characters, copying their dance moves, and grieving at their losses. I am overjoyed to be partnering with Malcolm D. Lee and this amazing cast to adapt this iconic franchise at Peacock.” Lee, North, and Sean Daniel will executive produce the limited series. Sheila Walcott will oversee for Lee's Blackmaled Productions.
Malcolm D. Lee went onto making more hits after The Best Man franchise with his 2017 film, Girls Trip, which was an even bigger hit, grossing over $140 million, more than seven times its budget of $19 million. According to Screen Rant, the Kevin Hart/Tiffany Haddish flick, Night School, successfully grossed over $100 million. Speaking of The Best Man universe, he shared, "The other day, one of my friends texted me, 'The Best Man is on HBO Comedy.' I was like, I don't know why they label that movie as a comedy! I never directed that movie as a comedy, I never thought of it as a comedy. The Best Man Holiday, I never thought of as a comedy, either. I think, for me, I'm always going to try to find a level of humanity at the heart of my movies, and emotion that will resonate with audiences. If you care about the characters, you'll be that much more invested, and if it's a comedy, you're going to laugh even harder, because you feel like you know them. That's always been my goal."