Nick Broomfield to direct BBC Whitney Houston documentary

By Marilyn Malara  |  March 10, 2016 at 7:42 AM
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LONDON, March 10 (UPI) -- Controversial director Nick Broomfield -- responsible for such films as Kurt & Courtney and Biggie and Tupac -- will helm a new TV documentary about Whitney Houston for BBC.

The film is not in any way associated with Houston's estate, a spokesperson told Billboard after the network's announcement.

BBC Controller of TV Channels, Charlotte Moore, said she is working to give BBC Two -- the channel on which the Houston doc will air -- "a much greater sense of identity," moving forward, making it the flagship channel for contemporary arts, music and documentaries.

"I want to commission programs that challenge the status quo, inspire original thinking, and give a voice to new perspectives and opinions," she wrote this week.

Director Broomfield is known for diving deep into the lives of his film subjects including politicians, sex workers and even serial killers. His Kurt & Courtney put him on the map for alleging Kurt Cobain's wife Courtney Love was somehow connected to her husband's death, widely thought a suicide.

In Biggie and Tupac, Broomfield speculated Suge Knight of Death Row Records played a role in both late rappers' violent deaths.

Whitney Houston, arguably one of the most successful female singers of all time, died in February 2012 at 48 years old. BBC has yet to announce a release date for the upcoming documentary.

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