Whitney Houston Lifetime Biopic Trailer Released – Train Wreck or Compelling Drama?

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I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why the first major biopic for the incomparable Whitney Houston is a Lifetime made-for-TV movie instead of a big screen blockbuster. After all, doesn’t a mega-star like Whitney deserve a larger than life biopic similar to what we’ve seen for Ray Charles, James Brown, Tina Turner, and Johnny Cash?

Lifetime’s Whitney is set to air on January 17th, almost 3 years after the icon’s death. The film is directed by Angela Bassett who worked with Whitney in Waiting to Exhale.

The trailer was recently released and gives viewers a dramatic peek into Whitney’s life and her passionate yet turbulent relationship with Bobby Brown. I watched the trailer initially with my arms crossed and side eye in full effect. But, I have to admit, the trailer is actually pretty good and left me wanting more. So, yes, I’ll be watching with bated breath in my living room. Hopefully one day we’ll have an opportunity to see Whitney’s life story unfold in a movie theater, but I guess this will have to do in the meantime.

The other interesting aspect of this story is that Whitney’s family does not support the film. Here is what Us Magazine reported:

Bobbi Kristina isn’t the only one who has a problem with Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic. The late superstar’s mom, Cissy Houston, also objects, and pleaded Tuesday, July 22, for the network to just let her daughter rest in peace.

“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections,” Cissy, 80, told Entertainment Tonight of the made-for-TV film... “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown].”

Ouch! This brings up several questions. Why rush to get a film out so soon after Whitney’s death? Why not wait to do a big screen movie that includes the input and support of Whitney’s family? Hmmmm…I hope I’m not hearing the sound of trains colliding. Hopefully this all pans out well in January – fingers crossed.

Check out the trailer here!

What do you think about Whitney’s biopic as a made-for-TV movie?