The Lifetime producers behind Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B have stepped forward to speak out on the network’s portrayal of late singer Aaliyah.
According to the executive producers, their only intent was to remember and honor Aaliyah’s short-lived life.
Executive producers Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase, along with author Christopher Farley (whose book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” was the basis for the movie) explained that they aimed to create a very tasteful tribute to a star who “led an incredible life in 22 short years.” (Washington Post)
Check out what they said about Aaliyah’s family not digging the flick right here…
Producer Howard Braunstein also addressed Aaliyah’s family not being behind the flick’s production.
“We absolutely reached out to them, and Lifetime did too,” he said. “They chose not to cooperate with it.” He said that he has no concerns about threats to block to the movie from airing. “Hopefully they’ll enjoy it,” he said. “I hope they’ll be proud.” (Washington Post)
The late singer’s close friend Timbaland showed no mercy to Lifetime over its production this past weekend.
Actress Zendaya recently said her decision to turn down the Aaliyah role had nothing to do with critics.
“Let me just explain something, the reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn’t do it, that I wasn’t talented enough, or that I wasn’t black enough. It had nothing to do with that. … The main reasons were that the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the movie rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.” (RumorFix)