Aaliyah's family believes the late R&B singer's legacy deserves more than a made-for-TV movie.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Aaliyah's cousin Jomo Hankerson says the family believes Lifetime will not be able to capture the "scale and scope" of the singer's life in the upcoming biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Instead of a TV movie, the family wants "a major studio release" with "A-list talent that can breathe life into" what they believe is a "phenomenal story."
Hankerson adds that she has no problem that Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman was selected to play Aaliyah.
Apart from the biopic's scale, the family is also upset they weren't approached about the film's making. They are planning to shut down any use of Aaliyah's music, photographs or videos that they own.
Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. She was only 22-years-old.
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