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052714 Whitney (1)Last week, we reported that Angela Bassett had signed on to direct Whitney Houston, a Lifetime film that “chronicle[s] the tumultuous relationship between Houston and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown.”

“I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world,” says Bassett in a statement.

Well, the Houston’s aren’t as excited, according to TMZ. In fact, they’re reportedly so upset that they’re considering a lawsuit to block production.

Sources close to the Houston’s say the estate had planned their own production for the big screen similar to Michael Jackson’s This is It.

“Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie,” says Pat Houston. “If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.”

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  • binks

    Honestly, I don’ know why it has to be an either/or situation. There are
    plenty of biopics that were both made for the small and large screen of famous
    and infamous people.

  • B Cooper

    I thought the Temptations mini series was great as was the Jackson’s An American Dream. By the way, wasn’t the Houston Family’s reality show on Lifetime?

  • Froggage

    They may feel that way, but apparently nobody is stepping up and offering to do a big screen movie about Ms. Houston, so perhaps they should be grateful that she is being memorialized in film by someone like Angela Bassett, even if it’s “just” a TV movie. Especially because Ms. Bassett is apparently not going to focus on Ms. Houston’s later years and death, which I believe she is doing out of respect.