Xscape Pissed at TV One & JD’s Biopic, Creating Docu w/ Mona Scott-Young
Two competing biopics are underway about the classic 90’s group Xscape. TV One is prepping a film titled, Who Can I Run To: The Xscape Story, set to premiere between this year and 2018. See the official description below.
This original film is based on the story on of 90s R&B quartet Xscape, whose story of their rise to fame and group implosion was told on an episode of TV One’s award-winning docu-series, Unsung. Comprised of sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott, and classmates Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, the R&B quartet formed a sisterhood as strong as their sound, recording the #1 hits “Just Kickin’ It,” “Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To?” Since their breakup in 1998, attempts to reunite the group have failed with lingering bitterness and deep seeded anger playing out on public forums.
The film is being produced in partnership with legendary music producer and So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri, the label that produced Xscape’s three platinum albums.
Meanwhile, the group has teamed up with Love & Hip Hop producer Mona Scott-Young, via her Monami Entertainment, to produce an authorized Xscape biopic featuring the group’s original members, Kandi Burruss-Tucker, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott.
Reportedly, Scott-Young and Xscape are currently shopping the biopic to networks with plans to explore a docu-follow that would give an inside look at the group’s reunion. The group has also addressed the biopic that TV One is planning, making it clear that they are not pleased. They state,
We are excited to join forces with Mona Scott-Young and Monami Entertainment to bring the real Xscape story to the world. This partnership will allow us to tell our story about our lives the way we lived it. It’s our truth about the rise, the fall, and the return of Xscape. We feel the recent announcement of an unauthorized biopic on our lives is disrespectful and disappointing. We are not, in any way, participating in that project and it will never ‘represent’ our true story.
Xscape has had a huge impact on music and are one of the most successful female groups of all time. Monami Entertainment is honored to be charged with bringing the authorized Xscape story to the world.
P.S. What are your thoughts on the two biopics?