True to Self
The New Edition Story — New Edition’s television-broadcasted biopic — set the standard for all biographical films coming after it. Not only was it the most talked about show on social media during its broadcast, it was BET’s second most-viewed premiere in five years! Second only to The Game‘s season premiere in 2012, The New Edition Story was watched by over four million viewers on its first night. As it brought in another three million viewers for its second episode and four million for its the third, the three-part miniseries was a top rated show for three consecutive nights.
Starting with their time in Boston’s Orchard Park projects and ending with their life in luxury, the six-hour biopic didn’t miss a beat. The executive producer Jesse Collins, the 11 other producers, and director Chris Robinson did an amazing job of capturing New Edition’s rise and struggles. If it portrayed nothing else, it showed that fame comes at a price not many can pay.
“When your story is told, nine times out of 10, the person isn’t here to tell it,” New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe member Ronnie DeVoe said after the production’s release. “So, to be here, all six of us, including Brooke Payne, all seven of us, to see our story told, it’s just overwhelming.”
Afterwards, two things happened. First, The New Edition Story was added to the culture’s list of cult classic, must-watch movies, next to Straight Outta Compton. Second, Bobby Brown stayed true to himself and went solo… again.
‘The Bobby Brown Story’
The success of The New Edition Story gave Bobby a bright idea. The singer, songwriter, and famed dancer has teamed up with Woody McClain — who played Bobby Brown’s older self in The New Edition Story — to film The Bobby Brown Story.
The biopic, which is slated to be released fall of 2018, will start where The New Edition Story stopped. The Bobby Brown Story will reportedly be broken into two parts and cover 30 years of Bobby’s life in the spotlight. The story will begin at Bobby’s life just before he was propositioned to be a solo artist then span across his relationship with Janet Jackson and his marriage with the late Whitney Houston. As you’ll likely recall, it was that marriage that produced the couple’s only child Bobbi Kristina as well as tons of tabloid headlines.
This news comes almost two years after Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, 2015, dying in the hospital six months afterwards. Late last year (2016), a Georgia judge found Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, legally responsible for her death.
Though the judgement was made “by default” because Gordon missed the Fulton County Superior Court hearing, Bobbi Kristina’s estate (the party that filed the wrongful death suit against Gordon) was content with the judgement. After the news broke, R. David Ware, an attorney for Brown’s estate, released a statement saying that the estate would collect anything won in the judgement with “fervor.”
Forever a Legend
Superstar Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina’s mom and Bobby Brown’s wife-of-45-years, passed before getting to see her ex-husband’s biopic. Whitney was found dead in her bathroom in 2012, after accidentally drowning in the bathtub.
Bobby and Whitney — who was played by Ashley Wade in The New Edition Story — divorced in 2007. Whitney filed a misdemeanor battery suit against the Don’t Be Cruel singer shortly before they starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown together. The couple spilt about two years after the show premiered. Still, we’re sure that Whitney will continue to figure prominently into the newest installment of the biopic.
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