Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s family is doing all they can to stop Lifetime from moving forward with their planned biopic chronicling the late singer’s life.
According to TMZ, the family is livid with the network because nobody contacted them about the forthcoming TV movie titled, Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B. According to Aaliyah’s former manger, Barry Hankerson, the family has “hired a lawyer” and will do everything in their power to “block release” of the Lifetime original flick.
As previously reported, Disney star, Zendaya Coleman has been tapped to play the singer who lost her life in a plane crash back in 2001.
“She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her,” Zendaya wrote in a series of tweets.
“Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven
#babygirl #forever #OneInAMillion. I’m just a 17 year old girl who got cast to play one of her biggest inspirations #positive.”
Based on the bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”, the film chronicles Aaliyah’s rise to fame and tragic death.
“Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base,” a press released for the movie states. “But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity. The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B. On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.”
Per TMZ, the family thinks a television film is too small for someone “as big ” as Aaliyah and that they would prefer a big screen, theatrical film.