Earlier this week, Lifetime revealed its biopic about the late Whitney Houston will hit the small screen on Jan. 17.
According to the network’s site, the Angela Bassett-directed film, titled ‘Whitney,’ “chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.”
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Though actress Yaya Dacosta has been cast as the legend in the eponymous film, singer Deborah Cox will provide vocals for the four Whitney Houston tracks included in the film.
Before production even began, ‘Whitney’ was the center of a controversy as the six-time Grammy winner’s 21-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, felt she was entitled to portray her mother on the small screen. She slammed Angela after the 56-year-old director said Bobbi Kristina wasn’t ever under consideration for the part.
Whitney and her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, then 17, at Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Party in 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Recently, Lifetime has been met with criticism for their controversial biopics — especially those of stars who are no longer with us.
In September, Brittany Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, slammed the network, saying his daughter “would have been mortified if she knew what a mockery they made of her life and her gorgeous looks and talent.”
Two months later, producer Timbaland put Lifetime on blast for their portrayal of his late friend Aaliyah in their made-for-TV movie, ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,’ calling it “bullsh-t” and telling executive producer Wendy Williams she “f--ked up.”