Oscar nominee Angela Bassett to direct Whitney Houston biopic


Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut with a Lifetime Original Movie centering on the life of Whitney Houston, according to Variety. The film, which has the working title “Whitney Houston,” is scheduled for a 2015 world premiere.

Shem Bitterman wrote the script for Whitney Houston, which chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer & model, and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown – beginning when the couple met at the very height of their celebrity, through their courtship and troubled marriage.

“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,” said Bassett. “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

According to the report, Bassett and Lifetime previously collaborated on last year’s Betty & Coretta. Starring Bassett and Mary J. Blige. The Humanitas Prize finalist told the real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige), wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre). The two women formed a life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.

Bassett recently played Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs in last summer’s Olympus Has Fallen Aretha Cobbs in Black Nativity. She’s also set to appear in James McTeigue’s upcoming action thriller Survivor, centering on a Foreign Service Officer in London attempting to prevent a terrorist attack set in New York.