Lifetime Sets Plans for Whitney Houston-Bobby Brown Movie; Oscar-Nominated Actress to Direct Variety
An Oscar-nominated actress is set to make her directorial debut on a high-profile Lifetime Original Movie. Variety reports that Angela Bassett will direct the project focusing on the life of singer Whitney Houston.
"Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere under the working title of 'Whitney Houston,' the pic chronicles 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," the story reports.
In a statement, Bassett said: “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. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
Bassett received an Oscar nomination in 1994 for her lead performance in "What's Love Got to Do With It."
The project will be produced by The Sanitsky Company, with Larry Sanitsky executive producing. The script was written by Shem Bitterman.
The report adds: "Bassett and Lifetime previously collaborated on last year’s original movie 'Betty & Coretta.' Starring Bassett and Mary J. Blige, the Humanitas Prize finalist 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 an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations."