VH1 has announced plans to develop a scripted film, the first in a series of music bio-pics, kicking off with the evolution of influential female hip hop musicians TLC. The dramatic story behind the legendary ’90s R&B/hip-hop/pop trio TLC will be featured in the first TV movie for VH1 in this series. The two surviving members of the group, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the movie. Acclaimed screenwriter Kate Lanier (“What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Beauty Shop) has signed on to pen the bio-pic.
The gifted trio TLC, which was comprised of Chilli, T-Boz and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, achieved instant commercial success with their first album, ‘Ooooooohhhâ¦ On The TLC Tip’ in 1991, selling over 6 million copies worldwide and spawning numerous Top Ten singles. But it was the release of their second album; ‘CrazySexyCool,’ in 1994 that elevated them to superstar status. The album sold over 22 million copies worldwide to date and propelled TLC to become the most successful female group in history. They went on to record ‘Fanmail’ selling over 10 million albums and 8 Grammy nominations before Lopes’ untimely death in 2002.
Unfortunately, fame and success are often shadowed by pain and heartache and TLC certainly experienced their share. Tionne suffered from sickle-cell disease, Lisa accidently burned down her then-boyfriend and football star Andre Rison’s home in a moment of heated passion. The trio also suffered a very humiliating and public bankruptcy suit at the very height of their career. This prompted them to hold a press conference about the ins and outs of accounting in the record industry to let the public know how this could happen to multi-platinum, Grammy-winning superstars when everyone assumed they must be extremely wealthy.
In the midst of what the ladies were experiencing as individuals, a public dispute between Lisa and her group-mates Tionne and Rozonda arose when she felt she had been all but cut out of their third album, ‘FanMail.’ Fortunately, the ladies had patched things up and were working on their fourth album, 3D, when tragedy struck and Lisa was killed in a car accident while on a spiritual retreat down in Honduras. In a tribute to Lisa, TLC gave one final concert in June of 2003 at the Zootopia concert in New York’s Giants Stadium where Tionne and Chilli performed on stage to 60,000 fans in front of a video screen playing videos of Lisa performing the same songs right along with them.
Kate Lanier who has penned numerous scripts featuring female protagonists including the hits “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Beauty Shop,” and “Set It Off,” will write the script for VH1.