Terry Crews confirmed that there are on-going talks for the production of White Chicks 2 during his interview last June 30 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“You know what, I actually got with Shawn, and he was like ‘Man, we[‘re] doing it, we[‘re] getting it going’,” says Crews when a caller asked him about the sequel to the 2004 box-office hit starring comic brothers, Shawn and Marlon Wayans.
Keenen Ivory Wayans directed White Chicks. Aside from directing, Keenen also produced and wrote the script for the movie alongside with Shawn and Marlon. Other writers for the film were Xavier Cook, Andy McElfresh, and Michael Anthony Snowden.
The story follows Detectives Kevin and Marcus Copeland who impersonates two high-society socialites, named Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, to catch a kidnapper. The big twist? The detectives had to don whiteface to look like the socialite sisters.
The movie features Jamie King and Brittany Daniel as Heather and Megan Vandergeld, the socialites’ mortal frenemies. While Busy Philipps, Jessica Cauffiel, and Jennifer Carpenter play the Wilson sisters’ confidantes Karen, Tori, and Lisa.
Crews played Latrell Spencer, a professional basketball player who prefers to date Caucasian women. He falls in love with Marcus Copeland while he was pretending to be Tiffany Wilson. In the movie, he wooed Tiffany by showing off his wealth and muscular body.
While on Watch What Happens with Andy Cohen, Crews jokingly said, “I’ve been working out for 15 years so I can do White Chicks 2, y’all! Please, please!”
The movie produced iconic comedic scenes such as Crews singing (and dancing!) to A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton.
In its opening weekend, White Chicks made $19.6 million in 2004. Since then it has earned a total of $70 million.
Plans for a sequel
Earlier this year, Marlon Wayans shared that there have been talks to make the sequel in an interview on MTV’s Total Request Live.
Similar to Crew’s interview, an audience member asked Wayans if there’s any news about making a sequel to White Chicks.
“I don’t know, but there’s[sic] been some rumblings happening. A lot of people want to see it, so me[sic] and my brothers have been talking,” answered Wayans.
Even before Wayans and Crews’ interviews, fans have been clamoring for a White Chicks 2. Last June 2015, Marlon Wayans posted a fake poster for White Chicks 2 that went viral as fans rejoiced for a possible sequel.
Fans also got a treat from Busy Tonight when Philipps invited her female co-stars King, Daniel, and Cauffiel in her show last April. During the show, the actresses reminisced filming the movie and showed never-before-seen on-set pictures.
In 2009, reports of the sequel being under development began circulating. The Wayans trio were all on-board and writing a sequel. However, Sony Pictures canceled the movie before it started filming.
Marlon Wayans was asked by The Grio about White Chicks 2 back in 2014. His answer was, “I think people are scared that it’s ten years removed.” Wayans was talking about the movie’s appropriation when the brothers donned whiteface.
In 2008, a paper penned by George Yang and Tracey Ann Ryser on appropriating race in Hollywood discussed White Chicks‘ slapstick comedy. Yang and Ryser wrote, “In White Chicks, instead of whites ‘blacking up’ to ridicule the oppressed Other, black men (Shawn and Marlon Wayans) ‘white up’ to reveal and critique various instances of whiteness.”
The Wayanses have been in Hollywood for a long time. Their family has been in the show business since the 1980s.
Aside from actors and actresses, the Wayans family have members in film production with roles in screenwriting, directing, and film score composing. The family members are famous for collaborating in TV and movie projects.
The family became famous with Damon and Keenen Ivory’s 90’s sketch comedy series titled In Living Color. The show received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series in 1990.
Shawn and Marlon are already part of the second generation of Wayanses in Hollywood. Both actors entered the comedy industry with influences from Damon and Keenen Ivory.
In 2017, Vanity Fair included them in the list of “The 25 Most Important Families in Hollywood History.”