Just days after it was announced that Zendaya Coleman will star as fallen R&B star Aaliyah in an upcoming TV biopic, the singer’s family has come forward with plans to block the film.
According to TMZ, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson says the family is upset it was never consulted on the Lifetime project, and like Whitney Houston’s family, they also feel the singer’s life is far too important to be on the small screen.
Hankerson also told TMZ the Haughton clan is so against the film they “will block any attempt on Lifetime’s part to use any of Aaliyah’s music.”
If Aaliyah’s family makes good on its threat to bar her music from being used it’s hard to see how the project can move forward given its importance to her story. Lifetime has yet to comment on this latest development.