Whitney Houston’s family says Nippy deserves better. According to reports, loved ones of the late singer are furious about her upcoming Lifetime movie, insisting she’s too big for the small screen and deserves better.
“Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie,” says Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and former manager. “If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.”
The Houston estate is so upset over the made-for-TV film that they’re considering a lawsuit to stop production, TMZ reports. “We’re told the family has already expressed displeasure to Lifetime and made it clear they weren’t on board with a TV movie,” the site writes. “Sources close to the Houston family tell us the estate is planning its own movie for the big screen — ala the “This is It’” Michael Jackson flick.”
As we reported earlier, the “Greatest Love Of All” singer’s biopic is slated for 2015 world premiere and will be directed by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Angela Bassett. According to a press release, Whitney Houston will 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.”
“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments,” Bassett says of the project. “I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story.”
“Their humanity and bond fascinates us all,” she adds. “I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”
Lifetime has yet to respond to the backlash.