After Lifetime announced early this week that a movie chronicling the life of late R&B star Aaliyah is in the works, the network was officially hit with tons of backlash. Not only are fans worried that the biopic will be disrespectful to Aaliyah’s family and their grieving, but they’re also unsatisifed with Lifetime’s choice for the leading lady: Disney Channel star Zendaya.
But what does Aaliyah’s family actually think? According to TMZ, they’re planning to do everything it takes to stop the movie from happening — especially if Lifetime plans on using any of Aaliyah’s music.
Barry Hankerson, who was both the “Try Again” singer’s uncle and manager, reportedly says that not only will her family refuse to allow her music to appear in the film, but they will also try to stop the movie from being made altogether. Supposedly, the family’s decided if a movie is made, they’d rather it be something bigger than a TV movie.
Aaliyah’s family has been adamant in the past in their stance against a biopic about Aaliyah’s life. When early rumors circulated about a movie being made by VH1 back in May, the family contacted Keshia Chante (who was approached first about playing Aaliyah in the film) and informed her that they weren’t ready to see their daughter come alive on screen just yet.
“I got a call from Aaliyah’s lawyer and Aaliyah’s family,” the 106 & Park host said at the time. “And from my understanding, there are people trying to create a movie and Aaliyah’s family are still mourning her loss and aren’t ready to share her story and create a film.”
Do you think it’s too soon to make a movie about Aaliyah’s life, or should her story be shared?