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Aaliyah Bio-Pic In The Works?


According to Canada's National Post, Ottawa-born R&B singer Keshia Chante, 20, will reportedly be playing late singer and actress Aaliyah, in a biopic of the singer and actress' life.

The film is expected to be released in the new year.

I didn't realize an Aaliyah biopic was in the works; but, I guess if we're getting a Notorious B.I.G. biopic, then why not one for Aaliyah as well? Expect a Tupac biopic shortly. Although, I'm surprised one hasn't already been made. There have been a few documentaries... notably the Academy Award-nominated Tupac: Resurrection, released in 2003.

Clearly there's interest from studios in feature films about some of our young performers from the so-called hip hop generation - as we've seen over the past decade or so... Eminem's 8 Mile, 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Trying, Biggie's Notorious in theatres next month, Aaliyah's biopic, and whoever else I may be forgetting.

By comparison, it took 27 long years before a big screen telling of Malcolm X's story was produced and distributed; and as we all know, Spike faced some budget battles with Warner Bros, and had to enlist the financial assistant of his contemporaries in order to complete the picture, including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Janet Jackson, Prince, and Bill Cosby.



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