‘Leave Her Alone’: Dionne Warwick Blasts New Whitney Houston Biopic

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Dionne Warwick wants the people to let her cousin Whitney Houston “rest in peace.”

Since the sudden 2012 death of Houston, several biopics and movies have been made about the singer’s life and legacy. The problem though is that some of the previous films were not approved of or created by Houston’s family or loved ones. With this new biopic, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” that problem has been eradicated, as music producer Clive Davis is working with Houston’s estate to create the film. In fact, Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston is producing the film on behalf of the estate.

US singers Dionne Warwick (L) and her cousin Whitney Houston sing together during the World Women’s Award ceremony in Hamburg, northern Germany, 09 June 2004. Whitney Houston got the World Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Women’s World Awards are part of the global initiative “Women’s World Forum” and will be presented of the first time this year to extraordinary women in 12 different categories in Hamburg. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOCHEN LUEBKE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOCHEN LUEBKE/DDP/AFP via Getty Images)
US singers Dionne Warwick (L) and her cousin Whitney Houston sing together during the World Women’s Award ceremony in Hamburg, northern Germany, 09 June 2004. Whitney Houston got the World Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Women’s World Awards are part of the global initiative “Women’s World Forum” and will be presented of the first time this year to extraordinary women in 12 different categories in Hamburg. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOCHEN LUEBKE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOCHEN LUEBKE/DDP/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it seems that despite the family being involved, Warwick is still not pleased with the idea. After confirming that she has no involvement with the movie herself, she expressed her disapproval of it. “I want them to let Whitney rest in peace,” she recently told the Los Angeles Times. “Leave her alone. Ten years [since she died] — it’s time to let her sleep.”

Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48 after drowning in her bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel. The autopsy report revealed that the “How Will I Know” singer also had “cocaine and metabolites” in her system, which contributed to her death. That night she was due to attend Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party.

Davis is not only a longtime friend of Houston’s, he is also responsible for her career. He encouraged her to sign her first record deal with his record company Arista Records in 1983. Therefore this project is near and dear to him because he wants to execute Houston’s story in a way that no one else’s film has.

He told Variety last year in April, “I have a mission to make sure that for all time that the full picture of Whitney Houston is captured in a no-holds-barred film that is musically rich and shows her genius and more of her character than we have seen to date.”

Despite “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” possibly being a hit film, many fans expressed similar sentiments to Warwick’s about the film not being necessary.

“No. Not trying to speak for people but I think we’re good,” said one person.

Another said, “Stop it! We’ve had enough of the Whitney movies. Let that woman rest.” Someone else added, “There is 20 stories about Whitney let my sis Rest In Peace !!!!!”

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is slated to be released in December 2022. Will you be watching the film?

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