Whitney Houston: Family Fuss Over Forthcoming Lifetime Movie
Just before Memorial Day Weekend the Lifetime Network revealed that they have a Whitney Houston biofilm in the works.
The cable network is developing the movie about the late singer’s life that will focus on the time in her life that she was with R&B star Bobby Brown – the couple’s courtship, tumultuous marriage and breakup.
The movie’s working title of “Whitney Houston” will be directed by Houston’s friend Angela Bassett, who will make her directorial debut.
“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments, and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”[divider]READ: Whitney Houston: Broadway-Bound In “The Bodyguard” [divider]
Bassett and Houston starred in Terry McMillan’s 1995 romantic drama “Waiting to Exhale.” There were talks of a sequel to the movie just before the Grammy winner died in February 2012.
The Lifetime movie on Houston’s life is slated for 2015.
Now comes word that the late singer’s family isn’t happy about the movie plans.
Someone close to the family told TMZ that the Houston estate was planning a big screen version of the singer’s life, something along of the lines of the posthumous Michael Jackson documentary, “This Is It.”
Pat Houston, the singer’s former manager and sister in law, also spoke to TMZ on the matter. “Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening,” she expressed.[divider]READ: Flo Anthony: Gossip Maven Talks New Novel & Reveals A Big Whitney Houston Secret[divider]
Oddly enough, Lifetime is the network that aired “The Houstons: On Our Own,” a 14-episode reality show executive produced by Pat Houston.
That show received backlash from fans who objected to a family reality show being done only months after Houston’s death. Additionally, the show was accused of exploiting Houston’s only child, Bobbi Kristina, who appeared under the influence and was incoherent for a good portion of the show.
Lifetime had no further comment on the matter.