Move over, Lifetime—there’s a new biopic master in town. VH1 just announced its decision to launch a series of scripted biopics about musicians and pop stars, and the first project is a retelling of the dramatic story of ’90s R&B/hip-hop trio TLC. Not to worry, the two surviving members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have signed on as consultants to make sure the producers get everything right.
The movie will track the group’s decade-long career, including the landmark album CrazySexyCool and their final album FanMail, not to mention the group’s sudden end after the death of third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. That’s the anecdote that everyone remembers — her dying in a car crash while on a spiritual retreat in Honduras — but the VH1 press release reminds us of the other big moments in their career: Tionne’s sickle-cell disease, Lisa accidentally burning down her and her boyfriend’s house, and Lisa feeling cut out of the group during the making of FanMail.
The women are excited that screenwriter Kate Lanier, responsible for the acclaimed What’s Love Got to Do With It? biopic starring Angela Bassett as Tina Turner, will be onboard. “I remember watching What’s Love Got To Do With It with Lisa,” Chili said, “and I knew then whoever wrote that story had to write ours.”
At a benefit concert in 2009, Chilli and Tionne announced that they were planning to record new music, but for now we’re happy to linger in the past. Those costumes! And we can’t wait to see VH1 recreate “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty.”