Yesterday we learned the news that singer/actress Zendaya has been cast to play Aaliyah in a Lifetime made-for-TV biopic movie about her life, scheduled to debut on the network this fall. Today we learn that Aaliyah’s family is NOT happy with Lifetime’s plan to make this biopic film and they reportedly VOW to stop the movie in any way they can. The report we heard yesterday claimed that Zendaya will re-record a few of Aaliyah’s classic songs for the biopic but today we hear that the family has not and will not give Lifetime permission to use her music. It sounds like a feud is brewin’, y’all.
Aaliyah’s family is on the attack against “Lifetime” … vowing to stop production on her biopic. Lifetime plans to start filming this summer … chronicling the R&B singer’s life and tragic death. 17-year-old Disney actress Zendaya has been cast as Aaliyah — who died in 2001 in a plane crash. Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, tells us the family is pissed that no one from the network contacted them about the movie. Hankerson says the family will block any attempt on Lifetime’s part to use any of Aaliyah’s music. He says the family has hired a lawyer and will do everything they can to block release of the flick. The family is not opposed to a big, theatrical film, but thinks a TV movie is too small for someone as big as Aaliyah. We called Lifetime … so far no response.
I, personally, am looking forward to the release of this Aaliyah movie, even if it’s only going to be a Lifetime made-for-TV movie. I assumed that the family was on board when it was reported that Zendaya will be re-recording a few of Aaliyah’s songs but we now know that that is not the case. I have a feeling, tho, that this “feud” will be resolved at some point. Either the family will be paid enough money to jump on board with their support OR Lifetime will just make the movie without Aaliyah’s music. This movie is coming, whether Aaliyah’s family likes it or not. Just you wait and see.