If you haven’t heard by now, the Lifetime Movie Network is planning a biopic of Aaliyah‘s life.
17 year old Disney actress, Zendaya has been cast to play the fallen superstar, whose rise to stardom was cut short by a plane crash in 2001, and Zendaya sent out the following tweets confirming she got the part:
But wait! Before Lifetime can even get started on production of the flick, Aaliyah’s family is vowing to put up roadblocks!
Grand opening… grand closing. *sigh* Details below…
According to TMZ:
Aaliyah’s family is on the attack against “Lifetime” … vowing to stop production on her biopic.
Lifetime plans to start filming this summer …. chronicling the R&B singer’s life and tragic death. 17-year-old Disney actress Zendaya has been cast as Aaliyah — who died in 2001 in a plane crash.
Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, tells us the family is pissed that no one from the network contacted them about the movie.
Hankerson says the family will block any attempt on Lifetime’s part to use any of Aaliyah’s music. He says the family has hired a lawyer and will do everything they can to block release of the flick.
The family is not opposed to a big, theatrical film, but thinks a TV movie is too small for someone as big as Aaliyah.
We called Lifetime … so far no response.
Seems like the ‘simple’ solution would be for the network to contact the family… but that’s too much like right. They’ll probably just change up the music, and then that film would really suck!
What do you think of this sticky situation?