Singer/Actress Aaliyahâ€™s former manager and uncle Barry Hankerson released a series of mysterious tweets that unveiled news of an upcoming Aaliyah biopic to be produced by VH1.
â€œMerry Christmas #TeamAaliyah #VH1 “One in a million” The Aaliyah Story @VH1 sneak peek! Merry Christmas enjoy #2014,â€ Hankerson tweetedÂ and included this image:
August 25, 2014 will mark the 13th anniversary of the singer’s death and others close to her in a Bahamas plane crash while shooting theÂ Rock The BoatÂ video.Â In another tweet Hankerson gave a release date of January 4, 2014, with another picture:
VH1 recently rebooted TLCâ€™s career with a fictional account of their rise to fameÂ CrazySexyCoolÂ that pulled in 4.5 million viewers on its first night. Could the station be vying to finally tell the story of the story of the 22-year-old whose life was cut short by her death in a plane crash?
While fans have shown an interest in an official film, her family and close collaborators have opposing views on releasing music and a film. Producers Missy Elliott and Timbaland have publicly acknowledged that they werenâ€™t invited to participate on any new music from the star.
Aaliyah was signed to Barry Hankerson founded Blackground Records. Her debut albumÂ Age Ainâ€™t Nothin But A NumberÂ produced by rumored boyfriend and then husbandÂ R. KellyÂ was the companyâ€™s first release. Over the years Blackground Records has receivedÂ criticismÂ about Hankersonâ€™s business practices. Most notablyÂ Joanna â€œJojoâ€ Levesque,Â who isÂ currently involved in aÂ lawsuitÂ to be released from her Blackground Records contract.
Keshia Chante, host of BET 106 & Park, cast some light on rumors that she would play the star in an upcoming film. Chante notedÂ in 2011 that the Haughton family was still in mourning andÂ she felt uncomfortable going against the familyâ€™s wishes. Aaliyahâ€™s brother,Â Rashad Haughton,Â statedÂ there is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton and â€œNo female Iâ€™ve seen can play my sister.â€
Aaliyah remains an iconic figure in the music community, often heard and quoted in todayâ€™s music fromÂ DrakeÂ andÂ Chris Brown. While Drake and producing partnerÂ Noah “40” ShebibÂ released new singleÂ Enough SaidÂ and were reportedly at the helm of a new posthumous Aaliyah release, no new music has been heard since.