By: Evette Champion
Three years after the passing of a legend, there is a new documentary in the works intent on chronicling the life (and ultimately death) of Whitney Houston. The film titled Whitney will be directed by Nick Broomfield, the same director behind the controversial documentaries, Kurt and Courtney and Biggie and Tupac.
The documentary is going to air on BBC Two and as per the network, the documentary will go “in search of the forces that made and then destroyed the singer who has been described as having one of the greatest voices of the last 50 years.” There has yet to be a release date to be announced.
In the years since her death, Whitney’s family has been very protective of her estate and the singer’s image, especially when it comes to film and television portrayals. There hasn’t been any word if the family gives Bloomfield their blessings or if they will be involved with this particular documentary, because we know how heavily the family criticized the Lifetime biopic of the same name that was released last year. That particular documentary was directed by Angela Bassett and starred Yaya DaCosta who played Whitney.
Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister in law wrote: “You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made-for-TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family’s blessing and despite her mother’s request to not do this movie. It happens every day.”
Whitney died in February 2012 where the cause of death was listed as accidental drowning, but there was evidence of cocaine in her system and she also had a heart condition—both of which were listed on her autopsy report as contributing causes.
So, what do you think? Did you catch the Lifetime biopic last year? How do you think this documentary will portray the life and death of Ms. Houston? Comment below!