Whitney Houston’s family isn’t jumping for joy over the new Angela Bassett-directed Lifetime movie chronicling Houston’s life. Apparently some of Houston’s family members feel that her life wasn’t made for the small screen and that the movie would do her story a disservice.
“Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie,” says Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and former manager. “If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.”
According to TMZ, the Houston family is considering a lawsuit to stop the move from happening. “We’re told the family has already expressed displeasure to Lifetime and made it clear they weren’t on board with a TV movie,” the site stated. “Sources close to the Houston family tell us the estate is planning its own movie for the big screen—à la the This is It Michael Jackson flick.”
It was announced last week that the biopic will premiere sometime in 2015 and will have Bassett at the helm. The press release stated the film will chronicle “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.”
“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments,” Bassett says of the project. “I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story.”
“Their humanity and bond fascinates us all,” she adds. “I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
If one were to assume, could it be possible that the Houston family doesn’t want a film that seems to be based on the tumultuous relationship between Whitney and Bobby? If their short-lived reality show is any indication of how their personal life really was, you can only imagine how the biopic will portray the couple.
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