Since last week's announcement of the upcoming Aaliyah biopic by Lifetime Network, more details have been released. The New York Post reports the film will include details of the R&B singer's relationship with R.Kelly. The two were allegedly married in 1994 when she was just 15 and he was 27. Though she denied the marriage throughout her life, a marriage certificate later appeared with her age listed as 18. It was hard to ignore the influence Kelly had over her early career, especially on her debut album where he's featured on several of the tracks.
After the film announcement, the singer's family came to the forefront stating how they are unhappy with the project and are currently trying to cease production. In a statement released by the family it says “Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah. Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!”
The biopic, currently titled “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,”will be based on the biography “Aaliyah: More than a Woman” written by Christopher John Farley. Disney Channel star Zendyaya will star as the singer and will record four of the songtress' tracks for the film. She has previously played in Disney Channdel original series “Shake it Up!” and released her studio album last year. The movie is expected to begin this summer and will premiere on the network this fall.
Aaliyah released her first album “Age Ain't Nothing But a Number” in 1994 and went on to release 1996's “One in a Million” and 2001's successful “Aaliyah.” Her career was cut short when she died in a plane crash August 2001, aged 22. For more on Aaliyah, visit her website.