Gina Gershon, screen icon and Golden Globe® Award-winner Raquel Welch, Enrico Colantoni and Colm Feore stars in the Lifetime Original Movie “House of Versace”, chronicling Donatella Versace’s (Gershon) inspiring triumph over tragedy by carrying on her brother’s powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying.
Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s widely-read book “House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival”, the movie brings to light the story of Donatella, who, following the brazen murder of her brother, world-renowned designer Gianni Versace (Colantoni) at the height of his success, is suddenly thrust into the spotlight as head designer of his fashion empire. At first ridiculed by critics worldwide, Donatella falls victim to drug addiction and nearly bankrupts the company. With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Welch) and brother Santo (Feore), she enters rehab to confront her demons and soon comes back stronger than ever to re-ignite the beloved Versace brand with her own vision and builds one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.
Following the movie’s premiere, at 10:00pm ET/PT, Lifetime will air the hour-long documentary, “Versace: Beyond the Headlines”, providing an in-depth look at Gianni Versace’s start in the fashion business, his incredible rise in such a competitive industry and ultimate creation of the multi-million dollar fashion empire that lives on after his death. The special will include interviews with people who knew Gianni, fashion designers, as well as a police detective and criminologist who explain their take on his tragic murder in front of his Miami mansion on July 15, 1997.
“House of Versace” is produced and co-financed by MarVista Entertainment. Fernando Szew (Lifetime’s “Sexting in Suburbia”, “Radio Rebel”), Ronald Gilbert (“Every Thing Will Be Fine”) and Robyn Snyder (“Fir Crazy”, “16 Wishes”) serve as executive producers. Ric Nish (“Nicky Deuce”, “The Fountain”) will produce. The film is directed by Sara Sugarman (“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”, “Vinyl”) from a script by Rama Stagner (“Blue Sky”, “American Dreams”). Production services were provided by R&R Productions.