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Angela Bassett To Direct Whitney Houston Biopic

Amy Tseng |
May 23, 2014 | 3:56 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The two women have been close friends for years (Twitter/@ShadowAndAct).
The two women have been close friends for years (Twitter/@ShadowAndAct).
Lifetime announced on Thursday that it will air a movie about the late superstar Whitney Houston and her relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown. This movie will be directed by no other than one of her closest friend, Oscar nominee Angela Bassett.

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The two have long been friends since they starred in the film "Waiting to Exhale" and in accepting her directorial debut for the TV movie, Bassett said in a statement, “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. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I'm beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world."

This biopic will chronicle the high profile relationship between the iconic singer and the singer-songwriter, from when they started dating at the height of their career (which came as a shock to the world) to their tumultuous marriage and the birth of Kristina Brown.

READ MORE: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, this film “Whitney Houston” will be executive produced by Larry Sanitsky and written by Shem Bitterman.

Casting has not yet been announced, however, the film is set for release in 2015.

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