VH1 is taking a little detour from their usual reality show and “wives” style programming. The network is kicking off a series of scripted made-for-tv music bio-pics. And first up is TLC!
The first film in the series of music based bio-pics for VH1 will be about the evolution of the influential girl group TLC. It will be penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (Set It Off, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Beauty Shop).
Surviving members of the group, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Chilli, have both signed on to consult and produce the film. Hopefully T-Boz made sure she got a hefty paycheck seeing that she’s got some things to take care of. And both ladies seem excited about the project and reviving the legacy of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
“The reality of this brings me to tears because I am seeing one of my dreams come to life. I always felt our story had to be told. What makes it even more amazing is having Kate Lanier on board. I remember watching ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with Lisa, and I knew then whoever wrote that story had to write ours. I will forever be thankful to Jeff Olde for believing in our story and going the extra mile to make it happen,” said Chilli in the press release.
And T-Boz stated: “I’m just overjoyed. I appreciate Jeff Olde and everyone on staff at VH1 that took interest in us, thank you. Kate Lanier is amazing. I’m honored to work with her I love her art. Well here we go on another TLC ride and I can’t wait. Like Biggie said ‘Now if ya don’t know, now ya knowwwww.”
Here’s some background on the upcoming film:
The gifted trio TLC, which was comprised of Chilli, Watkins and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, achieved instant commercial success with their first album, Ooooooohhh… On The TLC Tip in 1991 which sold over 6 million copies worldwide and spawned numerous Top Ten singles. But it was the release of their second album; CrazySexyCool in 1994 that elevated them to superstar status, that album sold over 22 million albums worldwide to date and propelled TLC to become the most successful female group in history. They went on to record Fanmail selling over 10 million albums and 8 Grammy nominations before Lopes’ untimely death in 2002.
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