For anyone not overwhelmed by excitement for Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, AKA everyone, there’s apparently another one in the works.
S2S magazine reports that a proper Aaliyah movie is underway to hit theaters in 2015. Lifetime’s version, which — even in the aftermath of Aaliyah’s family publicly slamming the film and Disney actress Zendaya Coleman walking out on it after mass public backlash — is amazingly still going forward, will be shown as a TV movie only.
The new feature film does have a few things going for it. According to S2S it will include favorite tracks recorded by Aaliyah before her death, never-before-released music, and a lead — singer B.Simone — who actually vaguely resembles the legend she’s intended to play.
Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, is also working on the new project. Aaliyah’s family have been very outspoken about their disapproval of the Lifetime release, with her cousin and president of her label, Jomo Hankerson, telling media in June, “We want a major studio release along the lines of What’s Love Got to Do with It, the Tina Turner movie… This needs A-list actors, A-list talent that can breathe life into what we think is a phenomenal story.”
Could B.Simone be That Somebody?
And more importantly, will this new project bother to tackle the infamous R. Kelly situation?
Lifetime, for one, doesn’t think the feature will detract from interest in their TV special. “I think if we do our due-diligence, people will watch the TV movie and still say, ‘I need to see the feature film,’” a source said. Cute. We’ll just be *here for the music*.
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