Wendy Williams: Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic To Air In February
Although some may have been under the impression that production for Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was at a standstill, executive producer for the project, Wendy Williams, says this certainly is not the case. In fact, Wendy says the film will probably air on the network in February. The outspoken daytime TV host also addressed the resistance that production has been getting from Aaliyah’s family regarding the movie.
“In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture,” she told the New York Daily News of the film. “In my opinion, as a woman who loves to lay in the house and watch a motion picture, I feel that the family might be a little misguided in the power of box office versus TV. Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told.”
As you’ve probably heard by now, Aaliyah’s family, who at one point vowed to do anything they could to put a stop to the film, was not the only obstacle faced by production. The film’s star, Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, dropped out of the project after she was widely criticized by fans.
“I thought Zendaya would have made a great Aaliyah,” said Wendy. “I was sorry that people — my people, black people — started talking about her skin complexion and how it was not going to jibe with Aaliyah’s.”
As previously reported, actress Alexandra Shipp took over the role once Zendaya dropped out.
Are you interested in seeing the film when it airs in a few months?