The family still has to approve the production of the film, but in the meantime, the controversial 16-track album is still a go.
“The Aaliyah Biopic is currently on hold until the Haughton family agrees to go forward with it. Before the controversy Warner (who would fund the movie) wanted Keshia Chante to play the lead role, and Aaliyah friends play themselves. We can’t go forward until Aaliyah’s family agrees to let us,” Blackground Records CEO Barry Hankerson shared with That Grape Juice Saturday. “We’ve always been sympathetic to Aaliyah’s mourning, and we’ll always love the graceful and angelic girl she was to the Haughton family. To us, she’ll always be ‘baby girl’.”
He also mentioned the backlash from the album was expected, but the project is necessary to introduce Aaliyah to a new generation.
“We never wanted the bad press that’s come with the album. The family might of made statements about us not supporting their daughter but the fan support and peaceful intent behind it is the reason we’ve decided to go forth with it.”
The album’s production is hope to artists who have worked with the singer before, including Damon Dash.