Lifetime now has yet another controversial biopic in the works. On Wednesday, the network announced it is bringing actress Brittany Murphy’s story to the small screen, nearly five years after her tragic death.
The two-hour film, entitled The Brittany Murphy Story, is scheduled to air in early September. According to Lifetime, the movie will chronicle Murphy’s rise to fame starting with her early career as a child actress and continuing with her mother’s efforts to lead her to stardom. It will also portray Murphy’s sudden and shocking death, as well as the immediate aftermath.
This is the first full-length movie about the late actress, who launched her career with a series of small TV roles before breaking out with a lead role in Clueless. She went on to make a name for herself in films like Girl, Interrupted, Uptown Girls and 8 Mile before dying of pneumonia and other causes at the age of 32. Her husband Simon Monjack passed away of the same causes only five months later.
Amanda Fuller, who is best known for her role as Kristin Baxter on Last Man Standing and has also made guest appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and Law & Order, has been cast to play the movie star. Meanwhile, Sherilyn Fenn of True Peaks and Ray Donovan is reportedly signed on to play Murphy’s mother, Sharon.
According to MTV, Sharon Murphy has already confirmed through a spokesperson that she was not consulted for the movie and has not cooperated with the production in any way.
If this is starting to sound familiar, it’s for good reason. It’s not exactly the first time that Lifetime has pursued adapting a late star’s life to film against their family member’s wishes. In fact, The Brittany Murphy Story marks the third biopic from the network to stir up controversy in recent months.