"Let her rest!", words like this that Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston (1963-2012) spoke out against the film about her daughter being produced by American television network Lifetime. "I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story" is set for release in 2015.
"A Lifetime decided to go ahead with the film about Whitney despite objections from her family," wrote the singer Cissy.
"No one connected with this project or knew how was her relationship with Bobby Brown (the former husband of the star). "Elsewhere in the document, Cissy said she found it difficult that someone who has known her daughter and supposedly loved her, take part in a film made by people who have never been near her. The manifesto was sent to Entertainment Tonight.
The biggest problem with this statement is the fact that Angela Basset, director, and actress, hired by Lifetime to direct the film, definitely have known Whitney - the two worked on "Waiting To Exhale" ("Speaking of Love" 1995 - Although we don’t know what degree of depth of that relationship.
The same can be said of Deborah Cox, who re-recorded the songs popularized by Whitney for the film - obviously the singer’s family has not authorized the use of original recordings for the telefilm. Cox recorded "Same Script, Different Cast duet with Houston in 2000”.
The lead role of "I Will Always Love You ..." will be done by model and actress Yaya DaCosta.