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News |  16 Jul 2014 17:24 |  By RnMTeam

Whitney Houston to be resurrected on TV in an original movie

MUMBAI: Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Whitney Houston will soon be resuscitated for the small screen in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie- 'I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story'. Lifetime, the American cable network, on which the movie will air, is known for its award winning made-for-TV movies based on famous personalities, like famed Cleopatra actress Elizabeth Taylor and Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith.

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett will make her directorial debut with 'I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story'. The film chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and her singer, songwriter husband- Bobby Brown. It will document their lives right from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston'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 in a statement. "Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I'm beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world."

In the film, newcomer Yaya DaCosta has been roped in to play the Grammy Award winning singer, while TV actor Arlen Escarpeta has been cast as 'Bobby Brown'. Rounding out the cast are Yolanda Ross as Houston's best friend 'Robyn Crawford', Suzzanne Douglas as her mom 'Cissy' and Mark Rolston as 'Clive Davis', the music industry icon who discovered Houston in 1983.

Earlier today, E! News reported that the production will feature some of the late singing legend's music.However, Houston's songs will be sung by Grammy Award nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox, and not by DaCosta.

Cox's 1998 song 'Nobody's Supposed to Be Here' held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart where it was on for 14 weeks, a record held for nearly eight years. In 2014, she was one of the performers at the opening ceremonies of the LGBT event WorldPride in Toronto, alongside heartland rock singer Melissa Etheridge, new wave singer/songwriter Tom Robinson and up and coming country singer Steve Grand.