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Angela Bassett Will Direct Lifetime Original Movie Based On Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown Relationship

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 22, 2014 4:14 PM
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Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston

Angela Bassett's feature directorial debut won't be the long-in-development adaptation of author Percival Everett's Erasure, after all.

Instead, in an unlikely choice, the actress will make her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney Houston (working title), which, the press release states, 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; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.  I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.

Produced by The Sanitsky CompanyWhitney Houston will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (who produced Betty & Coretta, the Lifetime Original Movie that Bassett starred in last year). 

Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the film’s script.

Last year, Bassett and Lifetime worked together on Betty & Coretta, which Bassett starred in with Mary J. Blige, that told the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige), wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre), who formed a life-long bond between each other, after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.  

Bassett’s performance received a 2014 SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, as well as an NAACP Image Award nod for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

Whitney Houston is scheduled for a 2015 world premiere.

Of course, Bassett and Houston co-starred in the adaptation of Terry McMillan's novel, Waiting To Exhale, in 1995, under Forest Whitaker's direction.

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  • Mamie Rowe | May 26, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    I can't wait. Whitney was a great singer and a great person please forget her her falls her mistakes in life . I miss her so much . I meet her she was a loving person. You go Angela ....

  • Blackman | May 26, 2014 12:10 AMReply

    Why so many haters below?

    None of you had a life as comparable as the women above. Judge yourself.

  • davyjc | May 24, 2014 11:44 AMReply

    Would have perferred Erasure, a daring and unmistakable original project. Hopefully she'll do a good job!

  • Donella | May 23, 2014 4:21 PMReply

    I would have preferred Percival Everett's Erasure and his sarcastic commentary on hot ghetto messes.

  • Miles Ellison | May 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    Me, too. But we would have been 2 of about 10 people who would actually watch it. if it ever got on the air, that is.

  • filmloverladyeo | May 23, 2014 3:42 PMReply

    BORING! Didn't we get enough of this debacle with the infamous reality show? I really can't wait to NOT watch this.
    Aren't there any better stories out there deserving of production?

  • Miles Ellison | May 22, 2014 11:52 PMReply

    This is 100% guaranteed to be hot, offensive, unwatchable garbage. Lifetime isn't capable of anything else.

  • Amari Sali | May 22, 2014 5:41 PMReply

    Honestly, I like the idea of this movie coming out. My issue though is it going to be real and raw, or are they going to water it down as much as possible? For while Whitney surely did love BOBBY, THE KING OF R&B, you can tell from her Oprah interview that while she may have loved him, the love was a bit toxic.

    Also, there is the question if their music is going to be involved or not to tell their stories. Much less, are the interviews, and infamous TV show, going to be mentioned?

    But, even with all that, you have to give it to Lifetime since they are giving more movie roles to Black casts than Hollywood is at this point. Only Tyler Perry makes more Black films, and their productions are more diverse, and arguably of better quality.

  • Lauren | May 22, 2014 4:39 PMReply

    Of all the stories to be told....smh

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