In My Lifetime: Music Biopics

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  • Aaliyah
  • Ice Cube, Dr. Dre. F. Gary Gray, N.W.A.
  • Prince, The Time, Morris Day
  • TLC, T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli, Lil Mama, Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer
  • James Brown, Chadwick Boseman, Jackie Robinson
  • Jimi Hendrix, Wood Harris, Andre 3000
  • MC Hammer, Romany Malco
  • The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Joe Jackson, Jermaine jackson
  • Miles Davis
  • Eminem, 8 Mile
  • Jamie Foxx, Ray Charles
  • Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Puffy
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Halle Berry,  Dorothy Dandridge
  • Beyonce, Etta James, Muddy Waters
  • The Temptations, Suzanne de Passe, Otis Williams
  • ODB, Ol' Dity Bastard
  • Diana Ross, Billie Holiday
  • Halle Berry, Frankie Lymon, Larenz Tate
  • What's Love Got to Do With It
  • El Cantante, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony
  • 50 Cent, Joy Bryant
  • Tupac Shakur, John Singleton
  • Raekwon
  • Bob Marley
  • Marvin Gaye, Jesse L. Martin

One in a Million

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.


(Photos from left: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage, Jive Records)

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