Britney Spears' life story will be up for everyone to see as a Lifetime movie.
A biopic about the pop singer is in the works, according to Entertainment Weekly. The project is titled “Britney” and will chronicle the “Make Me” singer's life from when she was a child in Louisiana until the time when she rose to stardom and had personal problems in the late 2000s.
The made-for-TV movie will star Natasha Bassett as Spears and will be directed by Leslie Libman. The biopic will air in 2017.
Spears is the latest celebrity to get a biopic from Lifetime. Here are other artists whose lives got the Lifetime treatment.
The biopic on the late R&B singer did not sit well with her family. The project, which first had Zendaya for the starring role, was unauthorized by the singer's family. Zendaya left the project because of the family's wish to have it stopped, but the feature was still shown.
Timbaland, who was a friend and collaborator of the late singer, slammed the network. Taking to Instagram, the producer said: “Hope yal' not watching this … Lifetime disrespects Aaliyah.”
The “Clueless” actress, who passed away in 2009, also had a biopic that did not please fans. Murphy's father expressed his dismay over what was billed to be a “tribute” to his late daughter. Variety described the film as “a bottom-feeding slice of tacky TV movie exploitation that transforms a true Hollywood tragedy into a tedious trash.”
The Lifetime movie focused on the late singer's career and marriage to Bobby Brown. While it was also meant to be a tribute to the “I Will Always Love You” singer, the project did not get the family's blessing. The movie was troublesome, but critics gave Yaya DeCosta praise for her portrayal. The film was Angela Bassett's directorial debut.