As if the face-slapping, drink throwing antics of the reality show ‘Basketball Wives’ wasn’t enough for producer and cast member Shaunie O’Neal, allegedly there is a silver screen rendition in the works too. The former wife of Shaquille O’Neal and head honcho of the popular VH1 series gave an interview with VIBE recently where she had this to say about a possible Basketball Wives movie:
VIBE: There’ve been reports about a Basketball Wives movie in the works. Can you speak on that?
Shaunie: It’s fictional. It’s a movie, so it has nothing… I see people on Twitter saying, “Oh god, you guys gon’ take that and turn it into a movie?” You don’t take a reality show and make it a movie. At least I wouldn’t. It’s not a quote, unquote “basketball wives movie.” 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
It may be fictional Shaunie, but it sounds as if “Basketball Wives” would be an appropriate title to me. What do you all think of Shaunie’s latest venture? Will you go and see this “not a quote, unquote ‘basketball wives movie'”? Leave your comments below. For more on this story go to Uptown magazine.