Since Lifetime announced they would be making a biopic honoring the life of Hip-Hop and R&B’s fallen angel, Aaliyah, fans and spectators alike have expressed mixed feelings about the production. One of the biggest controversies surrounding the project arose yesterday when Disney Channel’s Zendaya was chosen to play the talented singer, dancer and actress in the film, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Now, according to a TMZ report, Aaliyah’s family seems to be against the entire idea of a made-for-TV biopic about her life.
Apparently, Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, is livid not one person from Lifetime discussed the making of the film with anyone in their family. A potential boycott is on the rise. Hankerson also said the family plans to hire a lawyer and do everything in their power to cease the release of the project, as well as, any use of Aaliyah’s music.
It seems their vision for a detailed look at Aaliyah’s life is better suited for a bigger screen. The report says the family is not against a “theatrical film” but think a TV movie is out of the question for someone with such a recognized legacy.
Lifetime is expected to begin filming Aaliyah: Princess of R&B this summer and release it this fall. The film will be heavily based on Christopher John Farley’s best seller, Aaliyah: More Than A Woman.