Versace Calls Upcoming TV Movie “Fiction”
Donatella Versace is not a fan or supporter of the new made for TV movie House of Versace, which will air on the American network Lifetime. The movie starring Gina Gershon is set to air this Saturday.
“Versace has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace,” the company said.
The movie is based on a 2010 book by Deborah Ball, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival (also created without Versace’s approval).
“Since Versace did not authorise the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” a spokesperson for Versace told WWD. The book focuses on Donatella’s quest to maintain the house of Versace following the murder of her brother Gianni (Enrico Colantoni) in 1997.
Donatella Versace (born 2 May 1955) is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella’s daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after the death of Gianni Versace, Donatella’s brother and Versace’s founder.