A Britney Spears biopic, tentatively entitled Britney, is in the works in all its unauthorized “glory.”
Cable network Lifetime ordered a two-hour Britney Spears biopic that is set to start filming in Vancouver in time for its 2017 premiere. Ever since the announcement, it has reportedly received negative attention “for obvious reasons,” a report from Refinery29 revealed.
Interestingly, Lifetime has seemingly found a niche with producing programs from tragic celebrity stories, including Whitney Houston’s and Brittany Murphy’s.
New photos for Britney Spears biopic!
There hasn’t been an official announcement when fans should expect the two-hour special on the small screen. However, the network released new photos today, giving Gimme More fans a glimpse at Natasha Bassett playing the iconic pop star.
There are also photos of on-screen Britney with her ex-husband Kevin Federline (Clayton Chitty), as well as a solo still of her ex-lover Justin Timberlake (Nathan Keyes).
Britney Spears biopic storyline: Back to glory?
Britney Jean Spears had big dreams of making a name for herself in the music scene. Growing up in Kentwood, Louisiana, she teamed up with handlers who helped her rise to fame.
Her personal problems became the talk of the town after her tabloid breakup with former NSYNC member Justin Timberlake. At that time, Spears’ parents got divorced and her personal behavior soon eclipsed her iconic success leading to a short-lived and ill-fated marriage to dancer Kevin Federline.
Many people still remember Britney Spears going through this phase and shaving off all her hair because “she’s had enough.”
Soon, her divorce with Federline and losing custody over her two sons became the talk of the world. Her life spiraled out of control, she hit rock bottom, and is now hustling to rebuild her career to its former glory.
Star did not authorize the upcoming biopic?
IndieWire reports that the upcoming two-hour special will be produced by Asylum Entertainment for Lifetime. However, the unauthorized film, was created without Spear’s blessing. The singer’s reps stated that Spears was not contributing to the biopic “in any way, shape, or form.”
The two-hour biopic will be directed by Leslie Libman and written by Anne-Marie Hess. Lifetime has previously aired controversial and unauthorized biopics that took fans behind the scenes of hit sitcoms such as Saved By the Bell and Full House.