Since the untimely passing of icon Whitney Houston two years ago, talks about a movie about her life have been in the air. Now it shall come to pass when actress Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut for a film based on the late music icon!
The made-for-TV-film is slated to premiere in 2015, and will focus on Houston’s often tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, from the courtship to the divorce.
“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 in a statement. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
The film, tentatively titled “Whitney Houston,” will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky and written by Shem Bitterman.
Bassett recently starred in the 2013 Lifetime movie “Betty & Coretta,” co-starring Mary J. Blige as Dr. Betty Shabazz and Bassett as Coretta Scott King; the wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre).
Houston died in 2012 at age 48 from an accidental drowning at the Beverly Hills Hotel before the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. Lifetime chronicled the lives of her surviving family members in the short docu-series “The Houstons: On Our Own.”
So instead of chronicling her whole life, the film will only focus on her relationship with Bobby Brown. How do we feel about this, Roomies?