Whitney Houston’s Life To Be Made Into Feature Film
Singer Whitney Houston may be gone but her legacy lives on and now her memories will be forever etched in the sands of time as her life is set to be turned into a feature film.
The “I Will Always Love You” hitmaker’s longtime record producer and mentor Clive Davis made this known yesterday April 22.
A feature film about her life will hit the big screen and will focus on her rise to fame and the tragic drug addiction that led to the end of her life.
Taking its title from one of Houston’s biggest hits, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” the film has the backing of the singer’s estate.
They described the film as a “joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration” of Houston’s life and music but added that it would also be “very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted.”
Known for classic hits like “I Look To You,” “Saving All My Love for You,” “Greatest Love Of All” among others, Houston died eight years ago in 2012.
The singer was found drowned in her bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards after taking cocaine. She had a well-chronicled and years-long battle with drug addiction.
Last year, a longtime friend and confidant of Whitney, Robyn Crawford alleged that the late singer’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown did not introduce her to drugs as she had a problem with cocaine long before Brown.
During an appearance on “Dateline,” which was teased on “TODAY,” Crawford was asked by Craig Melvin when she first believed Houston had a problem.
“”I would remind Whitney that, you know, we said doing coke couldn’t go where we’re going and we’re already there. So we shouldn’t be doing it,” said Crawford. “I’d notice that she would go ahead and do it. She was having difficulty stopping.” Crawford alleges of Whitney’s drug use.
Melvin then brought up claims from the book that, despite public perception, Houston’s drug use began before she took up with Bobby Brown.
Houston co-starred in the 1992 romantic thriller “The Bodyguard” and made several other movies. Since her death, the six-time Grammy winner has been the subject of several documentaries but the feature film is the first approved version of her life.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” writer Anthony McCarten has penned the screenplay and indie filmmaker Stella Meghie is in advanced talks to direct, producers said in a statement.