Deadline reports that Lemmons replaces Stella Meghie, who allegedly left the project due to creative differences. The script is written by Anthony McCarten and Clive Davis, who discovered and mentored Houston, will produce the film.
Naomi Ackie, who secured the starring role of Houston, calls the opportunity “incredible”.
“Preparing to play Whitney Houston has been an incredible experience. I’ve learned so much more about her and myself than I could have imagined,” said Ackie.
“I’m so excited to get on that film set and honor her legacy! With Kasi on board, I know we can create something truly wonderful.”
“Early in my writing career I developed two projects for Whitney, and I had the opportunity to meet her,” said Lemmons. “She was a tremendous, incomparable artist, and her story is as awe-inspiring as it is tragic. I feel privileged to be part of bringing her life story and music to the audience.”
Lemmons is previously credited with directing features including ‘Eve’s Bayou‘ and ‘Harriet‘. She also directed the 2020 mini-series ‘Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J, Walker‘.
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