Love it or hate it, VH1’s reality show ‘Basketball Wives’ makes an impression its viewers. But what would happen if America got to witness the catty, over-the-top women in a movie?
The show’s executive producer Shaunie O’Neal wants to take the show’s premise and translate it for big screen audiences. She’s teamed up with ‘Jumping the Broom’ movie producer Tracey Edmonds on the idea.
In an interview with Vibe magazine, she spoke about her upcoming plans for the movie. Here is an excerpt:
VIBE: There’ve been reports about a Basketball Wives movie in the works. Can you speak on that?
Shaunie: It’s fictional. Even though it has to do with basketball life, it’s not actually taking Basketball Wives from TV and making it a movie. And it’s not about women sitting around arguing or lunching all the time. It’s an actual story. It’s a love story. It’s an empowering story. It’s funny. It’s life. It’s similar—we’ve taken a girl who’s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization. She learns from other wives. And by the end of the story, it’s empowering for women and men. It’s so nothing like the TV show at all. No comparison.
VIBE: Will the main character be Black? Hollywood could use more of that.
Shaunie: We haven’t casted yet, but I wouldn’t call it a Black woman’s story. It’s going to be a multiracial cast. Of course, there will be Black women ’cause most of the NBA seems to be. But it is going to be multiracial.
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