Another Unauthorized Whitney Houston Biopic is in the Works
It seems like a trend to make movies about famous Black women and not include their families and estates in the process at all.
Filmmaker Nick Broomfield, controversial director of films like Biggie and Tupac and Kurt & Courtney, has next decided to take on Whitney Huston’s life as his next film project, reports Billboard.
The movie will be made for BBC Two as Broomfield goes “in search of the forces that made and then destroyed the singer who has been described as having one of the greatest voices of the last 50 years,” according to a statement from the network.
Broomfield’s past works are often in-depth looks at the lives of uncommon individuals like sex workers, serial killers, and even soldiers on the front line. His 2014 Biggie & Tupac film alleged that Suge Knight planned the murders of both Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, and was steeped in controversy.
The new Whitney project seems like it will be heading down the same road, as a family spokesperson has already told Billboard, “the Whitney Houston Estate has no involvement in that film whatsoever.”
It’s not the first time Whitney’s life story was told with no input from her family, that 2015 Lifetime biopic directed by Angela Bassett did not involve her estate either.
There’s no official release date yet for the film, but already it’s looking like it won’t be a very flattering portrayal of the late pop queen.
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