The Whitney Houston Estate is reportedly livid over Angela Bassett’s plans to direct a TV biopic on the Lifetime network about the life of Whitney Houston. When contacted by TMZ, Whitney’s sister Pat Houston said, “Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.”
The film, which will premiere in 2015, will be based on the marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. In a statement released by Lifetime, Angela spoke about the biopic saying,
“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.”
Sources say the Houston estate is considering a lawsuit to block production and have made it clear they weren’t on board with a TV movie and would prefer something on the silver screen. According to TMZ, the family has plans to make a tribute movie for the singer. Neither Lifetime or Angela Bassett has responded to the family’s reaction.
This new drama comes weeks after a debate on Bobbi Kristina’s access to her inheritance that has broken up the family and just months after the estate was suing realtors over Whitney Houston‘s personal belongings. The belongings are being held hostage by the company that sold her New Jersey home … so claims her estate in a new lawsuit. According to court documents obtained by , the Houston estate contracted CPMG Mendham, LLC to sell Houston’s New Jersey home in December 2013, with the sale being completed in February 2014. They claim the deal was for the house only and not any of the belongings inside. But according to the estate, CPMG has repeatedly denied them access to the home to remove Houston’s things … which they say includes a baby grand piano, a jukebox, valuable paintings, home furnishings, and other items.