Aaliyah Biopic: Success or Failure?

Lifetime has been primarily known for its movies based on true stories.  In its recent attempt to release a captivating biography on the late singer Aaliyah, fans began to uproar.

“Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” had viewers rambling both positive and negative thoughts about the release.

Fans were not pleased and on top of that, her family also did not provide any support to it.

The original star Zendaya Coleman refused to play the part earlier this year due to the movie seeming “a little rushed.”

Aaliyah had an extraordinary successful recording career, before her death at 22 in a 2001 plane crash.

The biopic was criticized so badly that it began two trending hashtags, “#LifetimeBeLike” and “#LifetimeBiopic.”

Right before the movie aired, producers began to defend it.

“Biopics are hard,” said Debra Martin Chase, one of the executive producers. “People have an opinion and social media allows them to voice that opinion. But at the end of the day, our goal was to make the best movie possible.”

Although the movie received such negative feedback, it became the No. 2 TV movie of the year behind Lifetime’s “Flowers in the Attic,” which aired in January.


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