Courtesy of VIBE.com
Some may dubÂ Evelyn
LozadaÂ the H.B.I.C. of
VH1’sÂ Basketball Wives, but executive
O’NealÂ is the boss calling the shots.
News broke earlier this week that O’Neal
andÂ Jumping The
BroomÂ producerÂ Tracey
EdmondsÂ were in the nascent stages of bringing Basketball Wives to the silver
screen. Of course, fans and naysayers of the dramatic reality
spot sounded off, puzzled by what the Fox Searchlight film would
VIBE: Thereâ€™ve been reports about a
Basketball Wives movie in the works. Can you speak on
Shaunie:Â Itâ€™s fictional. Itâ€™s a movie, so it has nothingâ€¦ I see people on Twitter saying, â€œOh god, you guys gonâ€™ take that and turn it into a movie?â€ You donâ€™t take a reality show and make it a movie. At least I wouldnâ€™t. Itâ€™s not a quote, unquote â€œbasketball wives movie.â€ Even though it has to do with basketball life, itâ€™s not actually takingÂ Basketball WivesÂ from TV and making it a movie. And itâ€™s not about women sitting around arguing or lunching all the time. Itâ€™s an actual story. Itâ€™s a love story. Itâ€™s an empowering story. Itâ€™s funny. Itâ€™s life. Itâ€™s similarâ€”weâ€™ve taken a girl whoâ€™s just going into the NBA life and experiencing things and showing the whole story. She learns from the organization
Will the main character be Black? Hollywood could use
more of that.
We havenâ€™t casted yet, but I wouldnâ€™t call it a Black womanâ€™s story. Itâ€™s going to be a multiracial cast. Of course, there will be Black women â€™cause most of the NBA seems to be. But it is going to be multiracial.