Whitney Houston Biopic Already in the Works

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whitney houston biopic Whitney Houston Biopic Already in the Works

It was inevitable that Hollywood would move ahead with a biographical feature about the tumultuous life of the recently-deceased, award-winning musician/singer/actress Whitney Elizabeth Houston. In fact, Houston reportedly started planning a film about her life with Clive Davis (her record label boss and good friend) prior to her death; Davis is now the primary creative force spearheading the attempt to bring Houston’s story to the big screen.

Several musically-talented actresses are currently rumored to portray the African-American pop musician icon on the big screen, but (as shall be discussed in a moment) there’s little reason to suspect those casting rumors have much substance right now.

The Daily Mail says that Davis is looking to finalize a shooting script for a Houston biopic ASAP, so that production can begin in the near future. Houston will first make her final appearance onscreen in this year’s dramatic musical titled Sparkle (originally planned as a comeback vehicle for the starlet) well before the cinematic dramatization of her life arrives in theaters.

Houston’s 22-year-old Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks is rumored to be among the actresses currently “in the running” to portray a young version of Houston in said biopic, alongside such people as pop musician/actress Rihanna and fellow American Idol alum (not to mention, Oscar-winner for her role in Dreamgirls) Jennifer Hudson. Will Smith’s adolescent daughter, Willow, is also “thought” to be a primary contender to portray Houston during her childhood years.

That’s all to say, pretty much every no-brainer obvious choice to play Houston (at some point in her life) in a biopic is said to be a contender to do so right now. Best to take all this with a healthy grain of salt and not assume there’s much (if any) truth to these casting rumblings until an actual official statement about the project has been released.

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Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'

Biographical pictures about the roller coaster existences of iconic musical talents are almost by definition prestige projects, seeing how cinematic titles such as Ray, Walk the Line, What’s Love Got to Do with It, and La vie en rose have all either snagged awards and/or serious recognition from Academy voters. The Whitney Houston biopic shouldn’t struggle to attract backers and noteworthy filmmaking talent, if only for that reason.

Houston’s often tragic real-life story almost reads like something cooked up by a Hollywood screenwriter who’s trying too hard to create the next memorable fictional melodrama about a star’s rise to fame (and subsequent fall from grace). In other words, it’s a film that could either turn out to be genuinely moving or irritatingly soapy, depending on who’s holding the directorial reins.

We’ll provide you with additional information about the Whitney Houston biopic – including, who’s working behind the scenes and whether a name actress or newcomer ends up being cast in the lead role – as it is released.

Source: The Daily Mail (via Entertainment Weekly)

TAGS: Whitney Houston

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  1. I guess it’s never too early to cash-in on someone’s death in Hollywood.

    • Why is her bio pic automatically labeled as a cash grab? By your logic no bio pic should ever be made. In fact no movie should ever be made. Since once any movie is finished the crew, the actors, the directors, etc will be expecting to be paid for the fruits of their labor. But in your eyes that is greedy.

      • B/c it wasn’t until she died this film is now moving forward. Hollywood did the same thing when Michael Jackson and Steve Jobbs died. They only see someone’s death as a way to make money. Pathetic.

        • “Hollywood” is not a person it’s place in L.A. The people who will make money off of this movie are the ones who put forth the effort and time to create it and rightfully so.

          • Hollywood represents the movie business, and cashing in on someone’s death is just sick.

            • But there not “cashing in” on her death. They are making a bio pic about her life. How is that any different from every other bio pic that has been made about a deceased iconic figure; a lot of which are praised by critics and the general public alike.

              • Cashing in on her death is exactly what they’re doing. It wasn’t until now the director wanted to fast track this film. It’s so he can cashin on her death. The same thing was done when Michael Jackson died back in 2009.

                • It’s being fast tracked because she is now dead, so the movie means a lot more than what it was going to mean had it been released when she was still alive.

                  Your opinion is that the director is greedy and just wants to get his hands on some money. But I’m almost 100% certain you do not know the director so therefore any speculation on his intentions is just that Speculation.

                  • @”It’s being fast tracked because she is now dead, so the movie means a lot more than what it was going to mean had it been released when she was still alive.”

                    That statement actually helps my point.

                    • How? She died so there for the movie is going to be made to honor her life. It’s being fast tracked because of the tragic event.

                      You claim that the movie is just being made out of greed. Why? because money will be made. But isn’t money made when any movie is made. So by your logic are all movies made out of greed. Even so wouldn’t the blame go on us? Our arms are not twisted and we are not forced to pay for these movies.

                      So I’m guessing that every bio pic ever made in your eyes was the film industry’s desperate cash grab? Despite the one that are well made and performed. You’re just throwing the word “greed” around frivolously, but it seems as if you don’t have a grasp on it’s meaning.

            • Furthermore using “Hollywood” to generalize every body in the film industry so that you can place blame without giving much to your accusation is just lazy. The movie production for this film that will be made will get their income because they have their own lives they need to sustain. Labor doesn’t come free. If the movie is made and people flock to see it. Those who put forth the work to create should be paid for it. That is the reality. Why shouldn’t they be paid? They’re not stealing the money people will make a conscious choice to either see or not see the movie. If they see the movie the money paid to watch it should of course go where it belongs.

  2. It is hard to see anyone playing Whitney.
    Whitney couldn’t play Whitney in the end.

    Whitney Houston had the most
    beautiful voice of any female artist.

    She faced the pain through rise and fall
    and her finest day was not unknown.

    She had her moment when she more
    than she thought she could be.

    For one moment in time,
    the greatest voice of all —

    • I think jennifer hudson could do her justice

  3. I would like to see Irene Cara in this role.

  4. The only reason I’m kinda ok with this is cause she was planning it before she died. I’ll only see the movie if Clive Davis stays involved and if the person playing her is good COUGHjenniferhudsonCOUGH

  5. Please stop with the Jennifer Hudson thing. She looks nothing like Whitney. Or is this from the ‘all black people look alike’ place? Yes, she isn’t supposed to be a spitting image, but she should be able to capture the essence of her personality while holding a good-enough resemblance.

    Interestingly, of all the people mentioned, only Rihanna has the close-enough resemblance, slim build and sassy personality. She’s the closest.

    • Thank god, I though i was the only one. Jennifer Judson looks nothing like her, she doesn’t capture her essence at all, she is too thick of a woman. And she can’t really act. Let’s give Whitney what Selena, Tina, and Ray where given… a good movie with great actors.

      Hopefully they hire an actress, not some pop star.

      • Did u just call jennifer hudson thick? You obviously havnt seen her lately. And mite I add jennifer hudson has an amazing voice and makeup and wigs change how people look. Does leonardo decaprio look like J edgar?? No but he did in the movie.

        • Also jennifer hudson is an academy award winner. Go look at a picture of jennifer hudson now she is as slim and slender as a women can be.

          • A good bio pic of singer will one use the actual singers voice in the movie and the actress will lip sync (I.e. What’s love got to do with it , selena, and ray). Pop singers like Beyonce who want to use their own voice instead of lip sync, though this may not be their intention, come of as showboating and egotistical.

            Secondly Jennifer Hudson is a sub par actress. She is a singer. She has not spent time honing her skills as an actress like all other actors do.

            She played in a movie that was well within her comfort zone, the dream girls a musical. Outside of that she has done a few supporting roles and I have yet to see her deliver a convincing character.

            There are plenty of beautiful actresses who are well known for their ability to act who can play Whitney. Let them have the role.

            • I’m pretty sure jamie fox sang in ray

              • No look it up. Jamie fox lip synced. Know your facts.

              • http://jazztimes.com/articles/15167-ray-charles-and-jamie-foxx-genius-loves-company

                JazzTimes: Did you make the decision to lip sync Ray’s singing instead of doing it yourself?

                Jamie Foxx: No, Taylor did. Taylor thought it would be just terrible not to have Ray’s voice. I was, like, “I want to sing!” But when you hear [Ray's] voice it goes right through you, so I think it was the right choice.

        • @trey.I agree Jennifer might be the closest singing talent to Whitney Houston but i can’t see her playing her in a film,”especially in that weird 80′s era with the funny blonde hair” they’re two different complexions.On the other hand Rihanna would do her justice as far as looks are concerned,but she can’t cut it talent wise.However they decide to put the story together i hope it’s not waterd down if they’re gonna tell the story then tell everything the way it happened b\c you already know they’re gonna make Bobby Brown look like a foolish a**hole which he probably deserves.The first impression i get this movie is fake i’ll be skipping this one and it’ll be a wonder if i watch it on television.

    • What about Alisha Keys?

  6. I cant belive they said Whitney Houston did drugs. :(

  7. It’s ‘biopic’.

    Instead of putting up a musician-turned-actress for this role, they might as well cast an unknown that has had some theater experience as well as acting in movies. When I say “theater experience” I mean that they should have experience in non-Hollywood produced plays; Broadway, Off-Broadway, and plays like ‘Les Miserables’ that garnered great reviews.

    But, honestly, if you looked at the list of people that thought about Whitney Houston in the last 5 years before her death, it’s pretty short. You can see everyone coming out of the wood works.

    Yes, of course the people that worked on the movie should be paid or else the various unions will go on strike–again.

    Hey, if we’re doing biopics on people who have done something noteworthy of have gotten awards for the things that they’ve done, why isn’t anyone doing a biopic on U.S. Navy SEAL, Lt. Michael P. Murphy? If you don’t know who he is, look him up. But then again, the SEALs don’t look for any kind of recognition.

    And that whole, “New Jersey raising the flag half-mast in her memory” business–that wasn’t right. That distorts the meaning and the memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Her death wasn’t a sacrifice; just an unfortunate tragedy that wasn’t really a surprise to parts of the nation’s population.

    But, that’s great. They’re making a movie about her. Yay.

    • I knew it was only a matter of time before someone brought this up. Whitney Houston was a global singing star for many years with millions of fans across the world who died due to unfortunate circumstances, that’s why her death garnered so much press attention. How people correlate that with Navy SEALS doing what they do, which has nothing to do with entertaining people or achieving fame and recognition is beyond me. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. Whitney is simply more famous, doesn’t mean that anything she did had more merit than that soldier’s heroism, but her music did mean a lot to the people enjoyed it. Let her and him rest in peace.

      • *who enjoyed it.

  8. Does Hollywood have enough Crack Cocaine to make this movie believable?

  9. You REALLY need to consider Yolanda Adams for the adult Whitney. She is classy, CAN SING, respected Whitney, in class by herself – much like Whitney was. Jennifer Hudson would be great as well, but NOT RHINNA – NO CLASS AT ALL

  10. I think Beyonce and Young Dro should take some MAJOR acting classes and then star as Whitney and Bobby! If they can do that successfully I’m sure Beyonce would get her Oscar.

  11. Chazz, I never looked at Young Dro in that manner. However, I’m thinking thats not a bad idea. He already has a Bobby B. attitude. I’m a huge Whitney fan, since the 80′s I’ve admired her beauty and poise. She is one of the best to ever grace us with her angelic voice. Crack or no crack I think her talent spoke for itself. Let he without sin cast the first stone. I would love to see a biopic of Whitney. I think the young lady Amber Holcomb from American Idol would be a great Whitney in her younger days and maybe Beyonce in her older days. I think Jennifer Hudson is over rated and maybe if ever a Chaka Khan movie she would be a shoe-in, but not Whitney.

  12. Halle berry should play her

  13. Ithink Halle Berry would make a good choice to play Whitney.

  14. I would love to audition for this role. People tell me all the time that I remind them of Whitney Houston. I can sing and act just need an opportunity and an agent!

  15. Please get Paula Patton to play the big screen role of Whitney!!!!! She has the statue of Whitney and she’s played a singer before in Idilwild!!i think Derek Luke could play Bobby Brown too.they’ve played in Baggage Claim together and they were great together.

  16. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LONG TIME DREAM OF MINE TO ME WHITNEY…. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT OBVIOUSLY COULD NOT HAPPEN BECAUSE OF HER TRAGIC DEATH(rest in paradise darling)…BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE HONOR OF PORTRAYING MS. HOUSTON! I HAVE NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT I CAN BRING HER BACK TO LIFE !!! I KNOW EVERY SONG WORD FOR WORD,I’VE BEEN TOLD I LOOK LIKE HER,I HAVE AMBITION AND THAT CLASSY WIT THAT EVERYONE LOVED ABOUT HER. NOT TO MENTION AN AWARD WINNING SMILE!! I CAN DO!! I CAN!!! ALL I NEED IS THAT ONE OPPORTUNITY,I WILL GIVE NOTHING LESS THAN 100 PERCENT.
    I HAVE NO IDEA OF GOING BY CONTACTING WHOEVER I BEED TO CONTACT TO AUDITION FOR THIS ROLE… PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN ASSIST ME I’D REALLY APPRECIATE IT!! ONLY GOD CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR ME :)

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