It seems as though there is an Aaliyah movie in the works for 2014. At least that is what Aaliyah's Uncle, Barry Hankerson seems to be saying. Hankerson managed the late singers career under his label, Blackground Entertainment, since her debut in 1993 until her death in 2001. Although there was talk of a possible biopic at the start of 2008 with a slue of actress willing to take the role, the role was reported as casted and filled by Canadian singer Keshia Chante and set to premier on the 10th year anniversary of Aaliyah's death in 2011. At the time it was rumored to be in production it was also rumored that Bill Condon, director of Dream Girls, starring; Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose, would be the one to direct the possible biopic.
Keshia Chante at the 2012 Much Music Awards
In a candid 2011 interview with Chris Yandek, Keshia Chante finally revealed that Aaliyah's family was never really comfortable with a movie being made about her life stating that "And from my understanding, there are people trying to create a movie and Aaliyah’s family are still mourning her loss and aren’t ready to share her story and create a film. So there’s a bit of back and forth thing with her family and with creative people. And I know that they would bless a movie being created, they’re just not 100 percent comfortable and unfortunately from my understanding they don’t have complete control of her estate. So a movie could technically be made without them green lighting it and I kind of think that’s unfortunate. So I want her family to be on board and to be happy with it. It’s still kind of" lingering in the air. I would love to play the part. source: www.cyinterview.com
Source: Lolita Price https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lolita-Price/85962353444
Lolita as Aaliyah
It seems as though Hankerson might has heard the cries of the Aaliyah fans because during the latter half of 2012 he established a twitter account that list his recording artist JoJo whom was signed to Blackground in 2004, as his artist as well as Aaliyah,to address the much anticipated Aaliyah posthumous album produced by Drake after the release of "Enough Said" but soon after he add a photo of Price with Aaliyah and the numbers 1.4.2014. The black and white was taken of Lolita by Rich Jackson who also worked with Jessica Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls.
Although there has not been much said from Hankerson or Lolita concerning the movie, blogs across the world are still showing comparison photos of the two side by side as well as with Keshia. On Instagram , a source close to Price revealed she knows nothing about the movie and is at the moment working on other projects. We have also been told that the Hankerson account may be a fake but when JoJo responded to a tweet sent out by Hankerson's account we are on the edge of our seats. Maybe, just may we might see an Aaliyah movie next year!