March 21, 2016

All At Once: Showtime Developing Whitney Houston Documentary

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The life of Whitney Houston will be chronicled in a new documentary for Showtime.

The cable channel has started production on a documentary film about the life of the late Grammy winner, who died a tragic death in 2012 at age 48.

The not-yet-titled documentary is being produced, directed and narrated by Nick Broomfield. His controversial 1998 documentary “Kurt & Courtney” made headlines, alleging that Courtney Love played a role in Kurt Cobain’s death. Love has strongly denied those claims.

“Nick is a bold storyteller with an acclaimed track record of provocative documentary filmmaking,” said Vinnie Malhotra, Senior Vice President, Documentary and Unscripted Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Showtime Documentary Films is thrilled to partner with him on this project, as he delves deep into the life of Whitney Houston to tell the real story behind the rise and fall of one of America’s most iconic singers.”

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

The film will include behind-the-scenes video and footage of Houston, candid interviews with key individuals in her life and lots of her greatest hits. A description of the film from Showtime said that it will “offer a raw and uncensored look at Houston and explore the impact her life and death had on the people around her and on the world of music.”

Considered one of the greatest voices of all time; the six-time Grammy winner had a stellar career that was ultimately plagued by tabloid headlines concerning her marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown and her battle with substance abuse.

Once one of the most glamorous women in music, the Newark, New Jersey-bred superstar became as notorious for ghetto phrases like “hell to the naw” and her infamous appearance on Bravo’s “Being Bobby Brown” as she was for her extensive list of hits.

BBC already acquired the UK rights to the film, which has been in development at Showtime for nearly a year in Los Angeles.

The Houston documentary follows a 2015 Lifetime film about the singer that received backlash from Houston’s family. Not known for effectively presenting bio-films, fans of the singer initially resisted the idea of the movie as well.

When the film, “Whitney,” which starred YaYa DaCosta as Houston and was directed by Angela Bassett, premiered Jan. 17, 2015, the reviews were positive from critics and fans alike.

No word on how the Houston estate feels about the upcoming documentary.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston



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