There has been talk of a Whitney Houston biopic being in works dating all the way back to just a few weeks after Whitney passed, but now her former mentor Clive Davis is allegedly moving the project forward and not everybody in the Houston family is on board with his decision-making thus far.
Bobbi Kristina’s surprise wedding isn’t the only thing tearing Whitney Houston’s troubled family apart – they’re also bickering over a new movie about the tragic songbird’s life.
The late diva’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, 20, supports a warts-and-all biopic being developed by Whitney’s mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, sources say. But Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston and her cousin Dionne Warwick strongly oppose the project unless they’re given full creative control, the sources add.
“Clive is not giving in to their demands,” said an insider. “He’s told Whitney’s family that this movie is a labor of love for him, and he’s calling all the shots.”
Davis wants multitalented Tyler Perry, the writer/producer and star of the “Madea” movies, to direct the film, with “Anchorman 2” actress Meagan Good playing Whitney, according to the source.
But Warwick apparently has other ideas, insisting that Davis consider Whitney’s “Sparkle” co-star Jordin Sparks as well as pop star Rihanna.
“But Clive has blown Cissy and Dionne off,” the insider added. “He feels that Meagan will bring dignity and gravitas to the role.”
Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina has grown close to Perry and is said to be siding with Davis.
No surprise that this is becoming a control battle since Clive controlled much of Whitney’s career while her family controlled much of her personal life, so only time will tell who gets to be in the driver seat for her biopic.
Who do you think should get “creative control?” And which of these three starlets do you think would nail the role?