Last November 26th, 2019 I told you there was a Whitney Houston movie in the works. I told you that Anthony McCarten, who wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Two Popes,” had taken it on.
The movie is a go, with Whitney’s sister in law and final manager, Pat Houston, getting producing credit with Clive Davis. They’ve settled on an odd choice for a director, Stella Meghie. She directed “The Photograph” and three other features that were not really well known.
Meghie has a lot to deal with. Because Pat Houston is involved, the story may be tilted toward this idea of blaming Whitney’s cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, for abusing her and her brother Gary. That’s how Pat and director Nick Broomfield presented it in their documentary. If they do that, of course, Dee Dee’s sister, Dionne Warwick, will be very unhappy. And she’s Clive Davis’s good friend.
Meghie and McCarten, if they’re going to tell the truth, will have to explore how Whitney’s brothers Gary and Michael turned her into a drug addict. They’re also going to have to explain Whitney’s relationship with Robyn Crawford, which Crawford detailed last year in a truthful book. Do they just gloss over all this stuff? Or do they go for realism? They’re calling the movie “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
They will also have to deal with Bobby Brown, and tell the story of how Whitney let Nick Gordon into their lives. Gordon is thought to be responsible for the death of Bobbi Kristina, and then he himself died.
This should be interesting, however it pans out.