Talk show host Wendy Williams, who is the movie's executive producer, has said that it was important to portray the scandalous relationship in the film. Williams recalled telling Lifetime they had to “get this Aaliyah movie right.”
"I was very popular on the radio for Aaliyah’s rise and untimely death. I want to hear about R. Kelly… Don’t skate over it. This needs to be a big plot line,” she said.