After an apparent failure with the Aaliyah biopic last month, the Whitney Houston biopic will air on Lifetime. Directed by Angela Bassett, the movie will air on the Lifetime Network on January 17.
The movie will chronicle Houston’s life starting from her childhood days singing in the church choir. It will also follow her journey into superstardom. However, the movie will mostly focus on the tormented relationship between Whitney and her abusive husband Bobby Brown.
In February of 2012, she was found dead due to apparent accidental drowning. However, there allegedly was a large amount of drug paraphernalia found in her room and near her body that would suggest she had been doing drugs prior to her death.
The iconic singer lent her magnificent voice to a number of projects throughout her career. The beginning of her career saw her first four albums were an extreme success selling nearly 86 million copies worldwide. She was considered to be pop music royalty, being the niece of Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
Music was always part of her life. She was discovered at a nightclub by the iconic Clive Davis. Davis signed her immediately and her career exploded with the release of her first album in 1985. At the height of her success, she married Brown in 1992. As the years went on and her success grew, her relationship with Brown became complicated.
Houston was a powerhouse singer with several awards for her legendary music, but her relationship with Brown allegedly may have been the cause of her turmoil and subsequent drug addiction. Her personal life will serve as the primary storyline for the Lifetime biopic.
Yaya DaCosta will play the Houston in the biopic, but Canadian singer Debra Cox will be providing the vocals for the legendary music icon. DeCosta had roles in The Kids Are All Right and The Butler, but her career started on America’s Next Top Model. Arlen Escarpeta will portray Bobby Brown.
Angela Bassett is a first time director, but is no stranger to celebrity biopics. She portrayed Tina Turner in the famed movie What’s Love Got to Do With It in 1993. Basset also worked closely with Houston on Waiting to Exhale.
Bassett has commented that she considers the singer’s relationship with Brown to be a love story and she wants viewers to see that journey with Houston. She wants the movie to be about relationships above all else.
The Whitney Houston biopic will air on Lifetime in January. Not only will it focus on her personal life, but it will also touch on some of her most famous songs. The movie will include some of Houston’s greatest hits, including The Greatest Love of All and I Will Always Love You. Brown’s song Every Little Step will also be featured.
Scheduled for January 17, the Whitney Houston biopic will air on Lifetime immediately following a documentary about the singer’s life. Interviews with friends and family will give an in-depth look into the life and tragic death of Houston and will include the story of her drug addiction.
By Kerri Cushna
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