In 2015, Angela Bassett directed a biopic for Lifetime.
Whitney Houston Lifetime’s biopic wasn’t well-received by fans as the network had hoped. The film was directed by Angela Bassett, Whitney’s Waiting to Exhale co-star, and was centered around Whitney and Bobby Brown her ex husband loud relationship. The film, which featured Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta as the lead roles, earned several nominations, but when it came to public approval, some criticisms were downright vicious.
“I consider it a gift that was given to me, the opportunity to tell this story and try to tell it with love and compassion and dignity,” Bassett shared with HuffPost Live following backlash over the film. “I, like, everyone adored her.” Some have called for Hollywood to start another biopic about the life and death of the music icon, and it looks as if Clive Davis is stepping up to the plate.
The 87-year-old music executive is in charge of discovering some of the greatest talents that the music industry has to offer, including Whitney Houston. He founded both Arista and J Records and served as president of Columbia Records before later taking on the title of CEO of RCA Music Group. Currently, he’s the CCO of Sony Music Entertainment.
Never before have Clive Davis missed to hosts his annual pre-Grammy party, and in 2012, it was scheduled to go on like clockwork. Whitney was supposed to perform at the February 11, star-studded get-together, but instead, she was found dead in her Beverly Hilton Hotel bathroom. Davis recently shared with the Los Angeles Times that he plans on producing a biopic about his late friend because “the story of Whitney Houston has not been told yet.”
He has shared with the publication that he was “very disappointed” with two documentaries about Whitney that were released in 2017 and 2018 because he doesn’t feel as if her “genius” has been highlighted outside of scandal. He noted that he doesn’t plan on “whitewashing” her addiction issues and even her alleged secret romance with best friend Robyn Crawford may get a mention.
Lets patiently wait and see if this ever comes to fruition, and if it those, who do you think should tackle the role of Whitney Houston?