We knew it would happen, and to be honest I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner; Lifetime have announced they are to make a Whitney Houston movie.
Angela Bassett is set to direct the movie, but will not star apparently, which is a shame as I think she could have played Houston well. I’m still a huge fan of her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Bassett and Huston also starred in the film Waiting to Exhale together.
The Lifetime press release reads as follows:
“Whitney Houston chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”
Angela Bassett also released the following statement about the biopic “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. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
Whitney Houston (working title) is scheduled to premiere in 2015, which will be three years after the singer tragically passed away aged 48.
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