Whitney Houston Will Not Be Singing In Her Own Lifetime Biopic

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Hollywood is a funny place sometimes. You may be able to get the rights to tell someone’s life story, and you may even be able to pay the clearance rights to use that person’s songs, but that does not mean you will be able to use that artist’s original recordings in the project about their life’s story you plan to create. Makes perfect sense, right?

Lifetime has been developing an original film titled I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story for the better part of 2014, and all along it was assumed that the cable network would be using the vocalist’s classic tracks in their film. It was revealed this week, however, that while the film may use her famous songs it will not feature any of Houston’s iconic vocals. Instead, E! News claims it will be R&B songstress Deborah Cox who will be the voice that brings Houston’s discography to life for the Angela Bassett-directed film. Yaya DeCosta will portray Houston on screen.

The movie, which is currently in production in Los Angeles, will follow Houston and Bobby Brown’s tabloid relationship.

“I really just want to tell a story about a boy and a girl who fell in love,” said Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting To Exhale. “And I want to be as honest as I can about doing that.”

I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story will premiere in 2015.

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