Last weekend Lifetime premiered their highly anticipated biopic “Aayliah: The Princess of R&B” and fans were not too thrilled with the results.
Based on the book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by Christopher Farley, the film told the story of the late singer and her rise to fame. The film exposed all the twists and turns she encountered on her way to the top.
Music producer Timbaland, who worked closely with the singer prior to her tragic death in 2001, voiced his disapproval of the film on Twitter and Instagram, calling the movie “bulls–t” and urging fans not to tune in.
“This is why people should never remake movies. Bulls–t happens,” he vented. “Now you have to deal with the consequences from me, Timbo, and the family…”
Fans of the film say that the casting of the Missy Elliot and Timbaland roles were completely wrong. Using the hashtags #Aayliah and #LifetimeBiopic fans voiced their opinions of the film throughout the night.
The film’s executive producers Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Christopher Farley admitted to the Washington Post that the fan fury leading up to the premiere was hard to ignore.
“Biopics are hard,” Chase said. “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.”
“We’re trying to honor this woman and tell this story of this journey and her overcoming obstacles,” added Farley. “We felt we had enough of the music to still make a terrific film, and we’re excited to tell the story we were telling.”
Despite fans disapproval of the film, lifetime had a record breaking 3.2 million viewers tune in to watch.
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