Exclusive: Director Opens Up About Possible New Edition Biopic & What Would Make Him Abandon The Project Completely
Last week, we told you about director Bobby Huntley’s plans for a New Edition biopic. Considering all of the drama that has been surrounding celebrity biopics these days, especially Lifetime’s Whitney, we decided to sit down with the young filmmaker to learn more.
According to Huntley, the sizzle reel that has been circulating on social media was pretty much a creative way of asking New Edition for their permission to move forward with the film.
“This all starts with New Edition as it is their story,” Huntley told us.
He went on to say that should New Edition decide that they do not wish to work with him on the film, he will abandon the project.
“I absolutely do not want to do an unauthorized story of them.”
In fact, he says that he has received offers from movie studios, but he declined because the group hasn’t given their approval yet.
“Sometimes you need the push from a studio to say, ‘We see your vision. We’ll get behind you in making this happen.’ And there have been a couple of situations where some studios said ‘We want to be behind you,’ but I had to say, ‘I appreciate that. That’s cool, but I have to get New Edition onboard first.’”
Several years ago when he was still a college student, Bobby says that he eagerly expressed to the members of Bell Biv DeVoe that he intended to be the guy to make a New Edition movie happen. However, he admits that he was in no position to coordinate a project of this magnitude. Now that he’s actually capable of doing so, he has yet to hear back from any of the guys, but he’s pretty confident that they’ve at least checked out his sizzle reel.
“I know for sure that they’ve seen it. There’s no way that they haven’t seen it. It’s definitely been out there.”
He also expressed that he does not intend to include Whitney Houston in the film considering all of the backlash that surfaced as a result of Lifetime’s movie.
“I’m gonna leave Whitney alone. That’s a very, very sensitive topic.”
Interestingly, multiple members of NE have already expressed interest in a group biopic. Just last December Johnny Gill expressed that whoever takes on the project has their work cut out for them.
“It’s tough because it’s so many moving pieces. It’s important because you only get on shot and one shot only. So, being able to tell that story with all of the moving pieces that we have in this group it’s going to take somebody that’s really…really got to hone in and know how to unfold the story. Cause it’s a lot of history,” he told The Breakfast Club.
So far, reps for New Edition have yet to comment on the project.
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