The film is the third major one made on the singer after her death. In 2017, "Whitney: Can I Be Me" was released. That documentary, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, gave a look at the singer's rise to fame and personal life struggles, examining rumors that Houston was secretly in love with and had a relationship with her best friend Robyn Crawford. The film, which aired on Showtime, was not approved by Houston's estate.
A 2015 Lifetime biopic called "Whitney" was also unauthorized by the family. It was directed by Angela Bassett, who became friends with Houston when they costarred on "Waiting to Exhale." Houston's sister and estate manager Pat Houston issued a lengthy statement criticizing the movie.
“I say this to all Whitney’s family, friends and fan base: If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst,” the statement said.
Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, Bobby Brown and Kevin Costner are among those who knew the late singer appearing in the film. Houston died in 2012 from an accidental drowning in her bathtub after years of drug abuse.
Watch the teaser trailer for "Whitney" below. The film is in theaters July 6.