TLC: The Ultimate 90s R&B Biopic (Update)
T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli FTW!
MTV-obsessed children of the 90s will be excited to learn that VH1 are making a biopic of hit-making R&B trio TLC. The film will cover the tumultuous rise to fame of Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes and Rozanda Thomas, better known as T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli.
It shouldn't be a challenge for screenwriter Katie Lanier, writer of the Mariah Carey trainwreck Glitter, to come up with a compelling script as the group has provided no shortage of material over the years. For example, Left Eye was involved in a very destructive relationship with her NFL boyfriend Andre Rison made public through various assault and arson charges, as well as allegedly battling with alcoholism. She was sadly killed in a car accident in Honduras in April 2002 causing the group to be disbanded. TLC were famed for their inner-rivalry and the tension increased in 1995, when at the height of the group's success and hot on the heels of their multi-platinum album CrazySexyCool, TLC filed with bankruptcy.
The surviving members will act as executive producers on the project even though they both filed with bankruptcy last month.
After all the drama, we're just excited to re-visit 1994 and see who gets cast as Left Eye, the lady who managed to make pigtails, overalls and a condom eye-patch cool.
UPDATE (WEDNESDAY 20/02/13):
After chasing waterfalls for what feels like forever, VH1 have announced who will be playing who in Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story!
So, who will do the group's most famous member, Left Eye, justice on the silver screen? Rapper Lil Mama, who was a performer in Dance Flick, Make It Happen and How She Move, will be debuting her acting skills in the main role. She will play alongside actress/singer Drew Sidora (Step Up, That's So Raven) as T-Boz, and actress/singer KeKe Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, Ice Age: Continental Drift) who has been cast as Chilli.
VH1 has also announced that the feature-length film will go into production next month. It will be shot in TLC's hometown Atlanta and will follow TLC's rise to fame following their 1991 debut Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip as well as their 1994 album CrazySexyCool which sold more than 22 million copies.
As we mentioned previously when reporting on this exciting story, Chilli and T-Boz will executive produce the film. "There is so much to our story that hasn't been told until this movie," T-Boz said in a press release. "Fans will be able to really understand the dynamic of the group and why that formula has not been able to be duplicated."
Now let's take a trip down memory lane...
Sophie Bosch & Julian Rifkin