We here at 2020k have a confession to make: we’re the biggest fans of R&B/Pop legends TLC. They’ve released four of the most honest, appealing albums of the last twenty years, complete with great sounding productions with extremely respectable mixing, mastering, and songwriting features. So, when it was announced on December 1st, 2011 that VH1 will be releasing a string of music based biopics, with T-Boz, Chilli, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes being the first feature to make it’s way into production, we smiled from ear to ear like a little kid who’s just been told Santa Clause brought them a new, shiny bicycle.
The two surviving members of the group that brought us the pop standards “Creep” and “Waterfalls,” Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas will be executive producing the film along with their Maggie Malina and long time manager Bill Diggins with VH1’s EVP Original Programming & Production Jeff Olde. Kate Lanier of Set It Off, Beauty Shop, and What’s Love Got To Do With It fame who has signed on to write the script.
From the press release, we have quotes from both girls, with Chilli stating, “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.”
Tionne also followed with, “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 know.'”
For those that don’t know, for every million records TLC’s four records have sold (an estimated 36 million) they’ve had about triple the problems. From signing a recording contract so corrupt they had to file for bankruptcy 1995, to problems with the recording of their third album Fanmail when producer Dallas Austin tried to charge outrageous prices during for studio time with him, and issues of disease, arson, and ultimately the untimely death of Left Eye. Combine these public issues with other professional and personal complications and you have one hell of an interesting topic of discussion on it’s own, so it’s no wonder the television station picked this group as their first specimens.
VH1 has also constantly shown TLC massive support. They’ve been given three Behind The Music specials and picked up Chilli’s reality TV show What Chilli Wants. It was specifically no secret that the girls were in the works with something special when VH1 announced their Behind The Music: Remastered edition, which combined the first two installments of their contributions of the show and ended on an updated note which was mostly comprised of individuals in the industry giving the group mass praise and hopeful statements of a return of these three girls to the music scene.
There is no set date on when this biopic will premiere or who the artists that follow this film are.