Not long after Lifetime announced that it will start production on a biopic about the late R&B singer Aaliyah, the singer’s family has responded unfavorably. Aaliyah’s family members not only disapprove of the Lifetime movie but also say they will do everything in their power to block Aaliyah’s music from appearing in the film. As reported by rap-up.com:
“Aaliyah’s family is not happy about the Lifetime biopic and is doing whatever it takes to stop production of the film.
“Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, tells TMZ that the singer’s family is upset that no one from the network contacted them about the movie. And the family will take action to prevent Lifetime from using any of Aaliyah’s music and has hired a lawyer to block the release of the film.”
Even before the family’s comments, there were criticisms about the proposed film. Social media networks erupted with criticism over Lifetime’s decision to cast Disney star Zendaya to play the R&B star. According to latimes.com:
“Disney star Zendaya Coleman will play the singer-actress affectionately known as ‘Baby Girl.’ The 17-year-old stars on Disney’s ‘Shake It Up!’ and released her self-titled debut last year. Coleman also competed on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
“The film is based on the bestseller ‘Aaliyah: More Than a Woman’ by former Time magazine music editor Christopher Farley, released a few months after her death.”
Although Aaliyah’s family is opposed to this TV movie, they have stated that they would be open to supporting a film that would be fit for a theatrical release worldwide.