The Lifetime network will be releasing a biopic on the late R&B vixen Aaliyah which will star Disney star Zendaya.Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is expected to film this summer and air in the fall and is based on the biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, written by former Time music editor Christopher John Farley. The film, however, isn't supported by Aaliyah’s family or estate, who feel that her life story is more fitting for a box office release.
The debate over optioning scripts and finding proper distribution are par for the course. Ultimately, the value is in continuing the legacy of some of our most famous or underrated stars. Check out more music biopics that have been in the works or released throughout the years.
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