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It’s been more than two years since Whitney Houston’s untimely death in February 2012, and ever since she passed away whispers of a biopic have swirled throughout the industry. While Houston’s former mentor Clive Davis was rumored to be working on a film, it looks like the first on-screen adaptation of the legendary singer’s life will be on the cable network Lifetime.

According to Deadline, Angela Bassett has signed on to direct Whitney Houston, a film that plans to “chronicle the tumultuous relationship between Houston and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity through their courtship and rocky marriage, all during Whitney’s meteoric rise as a singer, actress and model.”

Although Bassett is an accomplished actress who has garnered praise for her adept portrayals, Whitney Houston will mark the actress’ directorial debut.

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“I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments, and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” Bassett, who worked with Houston on the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, said. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.”

Whitney Houston is slated for a 2015 premiere. At press time, there is no word on who will star in the lead roles.

Are you excited about the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic? Who would you like to see in the roles of Whitney and Bobby? 

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  • I am glad that seasoned actresses such as Angela Basset and Halle Berry are following Debbie Allen’s footsteps in becoming directors and producers. We need more Black Women to undertake more of these projects.

  • Stacy L.

    I’m excited for Angela Bassett, but Whitney Houston’s story is too great for Lifetime.