While Whitney Houston’s family was previously going to hold a memorial for her fans, it has now been cancelled, TMZ reports.
Houston’s body was transported via air to Newark, New Jersey, and the memorial was to take place at the Prudential Center, an arena that seats 18,000 people.
"The Houston family has no plans to set up a public viewing at the Prudential Center this Friday," a rep for mayor Cory Booker told TMZ. "In compliance with the family's wishes, the city is not moving forward with any public ceremony."
It’s now been confirmed via Houston’s rep that the singer’s funeral will take place at noon on Saturday. The service will be at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The funeral is invitation only.
Meanwhile, a sequel to the 1995 movie ‘Waiting to Exhale’ is set to be produced, despite the death of the film’s star.
"I don't think she would want it to" be dropped, Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, told Vulture yesterday. "It’s almost in her honor that we think to soldier on."
So who is set to replace Whitney in the film? Gabler says they “literally have not talked about anybody for that part.”
Whitney was also working on the 70s remake ‘Sparkle,’ which was said to be her comeback vehicle. Houston said of the project:
“As a young girl back in the '70s there was the black exploitation movie thing. This was a positive reinforcement for young African American women…I would go every Saturday for four months straight to watch the matinee to the evening show…Fifteen years later Debra (the producer) and I were talking and I said, "Debra, have you ever looked at 'Sparkle'?" She said, "Wow, great project."