When talented albeit troubled artists pass away, Hollywood studios and television channels, like so many vultures, tear, claw, and hack at the opportunity to adapt their life stories for film, often under the pretense of celebrating their legacy. In a statement released to Entertainment Tonight, Whitney Houston‘s mother, Cissy, blasted Lifetime and their upcoming TV movie based on her daughter’s life, asking that people “please let her rest.”
“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections,” said the late singer’s mother. Cissy justified those objections on the basis that, “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby (Brown). In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her.”
Ironically, actress Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Whitney in Waiting To Exhale, is set to direct the film.
Despite Cissy’s understandable feelings of betrayal, her complaints may fall on deaf ears, since the use of surviving family or friends as production consultants is common practice. ~Daniel Horowitz