TMZ is reporting today that the Houston family is not happy about a new Lifetime original movie based on the life of Whitney Houston. Pat Houston, former manager and co-executor of the Houston estate, believes that Whitney Houston is too big of a star to have her story told on a small time television channel and has expressed those feelings to Lifetime. Lifetime announced to viewers a week ago that it would be airing a movie based on the singer's turbulent life.
The Houston estate seeks to block the movie because the family has plans to produce their own biopic to be released in theaters, an unnamed source confided. According to TMZ, sister-in-law Pat Houston said that if the feisty R&B singer "were here today, this would not be happening." The release of the new African American movie on Lifetime will be Angela Bassett's first time directing a movie.
The award-winning actress will include facts about the tragic star's rise to fame to her rocky but passionate relationship with Bobby Brown, according to Eonline. The 2015 movie is temporarily titled "Whitney Houston." It will be produced by The Sanitsky Company. Angela Bassett says she can't wait to bring the story of the talented singer to television, and that she intends to do so in a responsible way.
The beloved singer, known for her hit single "I Will Always Love You," was found dead in a hotel in 2012. Whitney Houston's surviving daughter, Bobbi Kristina, has remained distant with her aunt Pat Houston, her grandmother Cissy Houston and father bad boy Bobby Brown. Viewers were able to witness the Houston family's dysfunction and disconnection on the now defunct reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own." Bobbi Kristina is now married to Nick Gordon, a man whom she once referred to as her "adoptive brother."