angela bassett is directing a whitney houston movie

“I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story,” says Bassett

Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with Lifetime’s upcoming original movie, Whitney Houston. Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere, Whitney Houston chronicles the storied relationship between the iconic singer-actress and notorious singer-songwriter Bobby Brown—from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. 

Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple as they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.

“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,” said Bassett.  “Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

Last year, Bassett and Lifetime worked together on the critically acclaimed Betty & Coretta. Starring Bassett and Mary J. Blige, the biopic told the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (Blige), wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre), who formed an unbreakable life-long bond between each other after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.