Scripters engaged to ‘Marry’ pic

Kimberly Greene and Camille Tucker have inked a deal to pen the feature adaptation of “How to Marry a Black Man” for Whitney Houston’s Touchstone-based production company.

The Tucker/Greene adaptation will be based on “How to Marry a Black Man: The Real Deal,” a how-to guide written by Monique Jellerette deJongh and Cassandra Marshall Cato-Louis and published by Doubleday last year.

The comedy hopes to capitalize on the success of “Waiting to Exhale” and the growing popularity of how-to books such as “The Rules” and “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” – both of which have been optioned for film as well.

The comedy will focus on the friendship between two professional women and their experiences with love.

Houston will produce along with Houston Prods. exec VP Debra Martin Chase.

Houston Prods. optioned the book as well as the authors’ life stories last February.

Tom Mangum and John C. McGinley of River One Prods. will take exec producing duties on “How to Marry,” and Desiree Jellerette will co-produce.

Greene and Tucker were repped by Cory Concoff of United Talent Agency.

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