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Angela Bassett to direct Lifetime movie 'Whitney Houston'

22 May 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If there's anyone who knows how to convey roller coaster (and occasionally drug-addled) romance, it's Angela Bassett. Having plumbed the depths of Tina Turner's tumultuous relationship with Ike in "What's Love Got to Do With It," Bassett is now stepping behind the camera to helm a movie about another seriously messed-up relationship -- the one between the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Fittingly, Lifetime, the network known for digging into the nitty gritty of relationship angst, is set to air "Whitney Houston" in 2015. Though many of us remember a comically off-the-rails couple from the reality series "Being Bobby Brown" (highlight moment: Houston asking her husband to assist her with her constipation), the movie aims to take a more serious angle, following their romance from the time the couple met to their courtship and marriage. Whether the movie will end with their divorce or Houston's death has not been revealed. »

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Lifetime Sets Whitney Houston Movie Directed by Angela Bassett

22 May 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut with a Lifetime Original Movie based on the life of Whitney Houston, Lifetime announced Thursday.

Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere under the working title of “Whitney Houston,” the pic 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; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” said Bassett in a statement. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, “Whitney Houston” will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky. Shem Bitterman penned the film’s script.

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Lifetime Sets Whitney Houston Biopic Directed By Angela Bassett

22 May 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lifetime has greenlighted Whitney Houston (working title), an original movie about the tragic music superstar who died in 2012. Helmed by Angela Bassett in her directorial debut, Whitney Houston is set for a 2015 premiere. It chronicles the tumultuous relationship between Houston and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity through their courtship and rocky marriage, all during Whitney’s meteoric rise as a singer, actress and model. “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,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.” Produced by The Sanitsky Co., Whitney Houston comes from executive producer Larry Sanitsky and writer Shem Bitterman, the team behind Lifetime’s 2013 movie Betty & Coretta. That telepic told the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz »

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