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Aaliyah’s family hire lawyer to block TV biopic

By | Published on Thursday 19 June 2014


The family of late R&B star Aaliyah have moved to block a TV movie based on the singer’s life, and her tragic death in a plane crash in 2001.

Aaliyah’s uncle and one-time manager, Barry Hankerson, has told TMZ that the family have hired a lawyer to stop American cable channel Lifetime from using Aaliyah’s music in the straight-to-TV biopic, in the hope that’ll stop it showing the film outright.

He claims that Lifetime failed to contact him asking for his approval on the film, which is to start shooting in the coming months with the working title ‘Aaliyah: Princess Of R&B’. Hankerson and family are apparently happy to consider a “big, theatrical film” to be released in cinemas though. The world waits.