What the Aaliyah Movie Created and How Hollywood Can Capitalize

The Aaliyah movie had a lot going against it. The family didn’t approve. The music community did not approve. The fans didn’t approve. But people nonetheless wanted to see a film about Aaliyah. People watched, probably since there aren’t any other options, or even out of curiosity.

What people wanted to see was a huge budget and good acting, something they didn’t have the confidence that Lifetime could bring. A movie released in theaters, and not something thrown together like a made-for-TV after school special.

Was the Aaliyah movie bad or are people jumping on a bandwagon?

The publicity that the Lifetime TV movie generated should have woken up Hollywood. Were the movie studios paying attention? There is an extraordinary opportunity for a production team to come in and give people the film they wanted to see.


The real Aaliyah in an interview after ‘Romeo Must Die.’ (Kydahl Lewis/YouTube)

But I get the impression many are just jumping on a bandwagon of disapproval, since their favorite music stars have so publicly disapproved.

But this film will probably bring some traction to the careers of Alexandra Shipp and others involved in the project. Perhaps those young actors will get bigger budget projects in the future. But it probably won’t be anything involving future Aaliyah projects.


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