Break out your nachos: One of the most tumultuous love stories in the history of the music industry is being adapted for a made-for-TV movie event.
Ladies and Gents, we present to you: Whitney and Bobby: The Movie.
Lifetime Television doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to the celebrity biopics. The network’s 2013 Elizabeth Taylor biopic, the Lindsay Lohan-led Liz and Dick was a critical failure and Twitter laughing stock.
Past fumbles, however, won’t stop Lifetime suits from giving the high-profile life story genre another try. On Thursday, the network announced that it will produce a movie about songbird Whitney Houston’s relationship with R&B baddie and Bobby Brown. The still-untitled feature will follow the couple through their first meeting in the late 1980s throughout a rocky marriage, marked by the birth of one daughter (Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21) and marred by years of drug abuse and public scandals.
On Grammys Eve 2012, Houston, 48, drowned in a bathtub at The Beverly Hilton, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors in the accidental death. Whitney was one of the world’s most popular female vocalists through the ’80s and ’90s. But her stellar pipes were later overshadowed by reports of cocaine addiction, which she admitted became “heavy” after she wrapped shooting on The Bodyguard.
None of that had anything to do with Bobby Brown.
According to Bobby Brown, of course.
In an interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer shortly after his former wife’s drowning, the “My Prerogative” singer claimed Houston was taking drugs “way, way before” they got together.
“…I didn’t get high before I met Whitney. No, I — I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all. Yeah…It’s just — it’s just unexplainable — how one could, you know, (say that I) got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone…I can honestly say that — I love that woman with — with everything that I am…And I believe she loved me the same way. We wouldn’t have been able to make the most beautiful girl in the world — without love. And that’s the truth.”
The Whitney and Bobby movie will serve as the directorial debut of Angela Bassett. And Angie knows a thing or two about bringing an extraordinary life to the screen.
The actress won an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of rock legend Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It? Bassett also worked with Whitney; sharing acting credits with the “So Emotional” hit-maker in the big screen retelling of Terry McMillian’s bestselling novel Waiting to Exhale.
Angela’s excited about the project and feels a “responsibility” to make sure Whitney and Bobby’s story is accurately portrayed. (How many times have we heard that?)
“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.”
The Whitney-Bobby project will be executive produced and written by Larry Sanitsky and Shem Bitterman, the team behind the 2013 biographical drama Betty and Coretta in which Basset starred opposite Mary J Blige.
Whitney and Bobby will make its Lifetime debut sometime in 2015. That should give the social network plenty of time to start making casting selections. (You know you want to!)