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Angela Bassett to Direct Whitney Houston Biopic for Lifetime

May 23, 2014 (2:04 am) GMT
The TV movie will depict Houston's headline-making relationship with Bobby Brown and how her fame affected their lives.
Angela Bassett to Direct Whitney Houston Biopic for Lifetime

is the latest public figure to be highlighted in a new Lifetime movie. The cable channel has announced a biopic under the working title "Whitney Houston" about the late pop diva with on board as director. The Oscar-nominated actress reportedly will not star in it.

According to a press release, the biopic "chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter - from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney's meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both."

Bassett, who starred on the third installment of Ryan Murphy's "", says, "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 biopic is scheduled to premiere in 2015. Larry Sanitsky will executive produce it and Shem Bitterman serves as the writer.

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