controversial ‘kurt and courtney’ director to tackle whitney houston doc

Controversial filmmaker Nick Broomfield will bring the late legend's tumultuous life to BBC Two.

by Hannah Ongley
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09 March 2016, 4:49pm

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Since she passed away in 2012, Whitney Houston's life story has been approached with only slightly more tact than "I Will Always Love You" is after a long night of soju shots. The Whitney Lifetime biopic, directed by Angela Bassett and starring Yaya DaCosta, was given a big thumbs down by the late singer's family for its made-for-TV quality. The heartbreaking death of Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown last July only sparked a renewed interesest in the tumultuous life of the late legend. 

The latest to take on Houston's story is director Nick Broomfield. According to the BBC, which will air the project on BBC Two, Broomfield's Whitney "goes in search of the forces that made and then destroyed the singer who has been described as having one of the greatest voices of the last 50 years." A release date is yet to be announced. 

Broomfield is no stranger to tackling controversial stories of addiction and rocky relationships. 1998's Kurt and Courtney, 2003's Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, and 2002's Biggie and Tupac were all helmed by the director. Kurt and Courtney was considered particularly thorny due its playing into the conspiracy theory that Courtney orchestrated the Nirvana frontman's death. 

Houston's family have not said whether they're okay with the film being made. "The Whitney Houston Estate has no involvement in that film whatsoever," a family spokesperson told Billboard over e-mail. Hopefully they're just too busy planning that hologram tour

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