You would think that biopics about artists who have passed on left their mark on the world would bring nothing but heartfelt memories and good times with them, but that is not the case for a few upcoming films this year. I cannot quite put my finger on why these biopics have so much controversy lagging behind them, but the tension is just undeniable.
The biopic for the late Aaliyah Haughton had issues from leading roles to family disapproval, and that put a minor delay on the film. Now the biopic for the great legend Whitney Houston has a couple of issues of its own as well.
The first issue stemmed from Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, wanting to play the role of her mother in the film. When Angela Bassett, the film’s director, said no, Bobbi took to Twitter to rant about how Bassett looked like a man and did not have the right to tell her that she could not be involved with the movie.
She eventually apologized, but now critics are kind of thinking along the same lines of Bobbi Kristina. What makes Bassett fit to direct a film about Whitney Houston? Questions (and eyebrows) have arisen about whether Bassett knew Houston well enough to put together a thorough biopic about the singer’s life.