The fact of the matter is that controversy sells — always has and it always will.
Veteran actress, Angela Bassett, is fully aware of this fact and is banking on it in relation to her upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.”
The biopic, starring former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Yaya DaCosta as Houston, has indeed been the source of much controversy from Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, lashing out at Bassett to Whitney’s mom, Cissy, voicing concern saying “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with (ex-husband) Bobby (Brown). … I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her.”
Still Bassett maintains that the “controversy can be good. It can pique your interest” as she recently told Billboard.com.
Controversy aside, Bassett says undertaking this project as her directorial debut has for the most part been pretty smooth. “It felt like it was flowing from the beginning. Except me with the learning curve, you know, coming from one side of the camera to the other,” Bassett says.
“I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” is set to air on the Lifetime network in 2015.