BET is back the business of biopics after announcing Woody McClain has been casted to play the role of Bobby Brown in the network’s upcoming picture, ‘The Bobby Brown Story’. McClain should be familiar with the role as he played Brown in The New Edition Story, a six hour mini-series reconciling the rise and fall of famed boy band New Edition.
Writer Abdul Williams and executive producer by Jesse Collins are both reprising their New Edition Story gigs. ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ will pick up where the New Edition mini left off following Brown’s decision to go solo in 1985. “It will chronicle the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, his affair with Janet Jackson and tabloid-fodder marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston. Spanning 30 years of Brown’s life, the new project follows his story from the hard streets of Roxbury, where he turned to a life of drug dealing before being given the chance to prove himself as a solo artist.”
Brown scored eight consecutive top 10 pop singles from 1988-92, including his Billboard Hot 100 #1 track “My Prerogative” & the Grammy Award-winning “Every Little Step” which became his signature song. He is noted as a pioneer of new jack swing, a fusion of hip-hop and R&B. Though he found success in music and even had roles in movies, his life began to unravel after his marriage to Houston in 1992. He was arrested several times during the 1990s and 2000s, including being jailed twice in one day in 2002. The couple’s issues of of infidelity, domestic violence, and drug use became consistent headlines in the tabloids. Houston gave an interview to Diane Sawyer in 2002 where she famously said, “We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is whack.” Brown also starred along aside Houston in the short lived reality series Being Bobby Brown. Though the show was highly rated on Bravo, it only ran for one season.
BET said The Bobby Brown Story also will be a story about redemption. Casting is still under way for the roles of Houston, Bobbi Kristina, Jackson, Teddy Riley, L.A. Reid, Babyface and others. The Bobby Brown Story is set to air in Fall 2018.