Was it Gina Gershon’s slurred speech or bizarrely awesome lazy-eye moment in the trailer? Either way, the House of Versace, the company, seems to be distancing itself from House of Versace, the original Lifetime movie, which premieres this Saturday night.
“Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace,” an official house representative told WWD, with what we imagine as a sniffy flourish.
We were kind of hoping the real Donatella might make her own official disapproving statement, which would be more than awesome considering her great one-liners. Like: “If you’re going to put me on a leash, it better be diamond studded, or you can kiss my ass.”
Oh wait, that was Gina Gershon as Donatella in the movie.
“Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” the rep also stated to clear up any confusion.
The movie is based on Deborah Ball’s 2010 book, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival, and considering the juicy scenes that are teased in the trailer—Gianni’s tragic murder, cocaine sniffing, money troubles, an extreme case of bed-head, and loads of excess—maaaaaybe we can see why Versace execs and Donatella wouldn’t be thrilled about the film’s depiction of their company. In any case, we have our DVRs set and can’t wait to debrief on Monday morning.