Whitney Houston's Family Furious About New Lifetime Biopic

28 May 2014, 14:53 | Updated: 29 May 2014, 13:05

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston's family are said to be furious about a new Lifetime biopic about the star. 

Recent reports suggest that the late superstar's loved ones are angry that the Angela Basset-directed film portraying Whitney's rocky relationship with her ex-husband Bobby Brown is being planned as a TV movie – mainly because they feel she deserves so much more.

Pat Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law, told TMZ: ''Whitney is certainly worthy of more than a television movie. If Whitney were here today, this would not be happening.''

Whitney's estate has reportedly already informed Lifetime of their displeasure and is said to be threatening a lawsuit if the network refuses to cancel production.

The singer's loved ones are instead planning their own big screen movie in a similar approach to that of Michael Jackson's This Is It, which they feel would be a more fitting tribute to the musical icon, who accidentally drowned in February 2012.

The Lifetime movie is set for release in 2015 and will see Oscar-nominated actress Angela, who starred opposite Whitney in the 1995 picture Waiting to Exhale, make her directorial debut.

She commented last week: ''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.''

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