The scathing unauthorized Biography of Oprah Winfrey written by Kitty Kelley will be released as a made for TV movie in 2011. According to PopCrunch, the rights to the book were bought by veteran TV movie producer Larry A. Thompson.
Kelly’s book includes a focus on Oprah’s early childhood, promiscious teen years and her unknown paternity. The movie is planned to be released in conjunction with Oprah’s exit from network TV in September 2011.
Thompson says of the story:
“…I think it’s a fabulous story, and it’s certainly a challange, but Kitty Kelley’s extensively researched book offers us the factual foundation to frame our cinematic portrait of this powerful and beloved icon. Oprah Winfrey is a very powerful woman, and that’s also something that will make our movie great.”
Thompson is also responsible for Sonny and Cher and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz biopics.
Kitty appears excited to work with Thompson, releasing the following statement:
“Few Hollywood filmmakers are as experienced as [movie maker] Larry Thompson at understanding and dramatically exploring the emotional complexities of famous people. … That’s why I was pleased that he chose my book upon which to base his movie. Compelling biographies of great people must separate myth from fact and hype from truth.”
Then again if I had a six figure deal to turn my book into a movie I would probably be happy and saying good things about my books movie producer as well.
What do you think…is this going to be a “must see” TV event?