ETonline: When you were doing research for Whitney, did you try reaching out to the family to help tell the story?Angela Bassett:
We had reached out to the Houston family -- to the woman who's still her mama -- to say this movie is going to be made. That was before my time, but they reached out to the estate and to her and they said, from what I understand, "We don't want to be involved because we have our own intentions." Whether it's a feature they've got in the works or in their minds, that's theirs to do.
The family dynamics are very complicated, whether it's the Houstons, Bobby, Bobbi Kristina
. You hear, do they get along? And Bobby left the funeral -- he kissed the casket and left the funeral and moved from this seat to that. But you know what? I wanna be neutral and fair, so lemme see: The mama done wrote some books, Clive (Davis) wrote a book, Bobby had an autobiography. (So I was like,) "Y'all can talk to me through this. I don't wanna alienate anybody."