Shane Warne’s daughter Brooke has called Channel Nine about her plans to make a TV movie about the cricketing legend following his tragic death.
Reports suggest the TV network has already begun pre-production on a series about Warne’s incredible life, although it is understood nine officials have not approached the Australian icon’s family to get the green light.
This, understandably, was not well received by many people – including Warnie’s family themselves.
Nine presenter Jo Hall appeared on Melbourne-based radio station 3AW to chat with host Dee Dee Dunleavy about the 2023 TV movie, but they were lambasted by Warnie’s eldest daughter.
“Do any of you have any respect for Dad?” Or his family? Who did so much for Channel 9 and now you want to dramatize his life and that of our family 6 months after his death? You are beyond disrespect,” the caption to Brooke’s Instagram story read.
According to The Herald Sun, Nine has already started casting for the upcoming biopic.
When news first broke about plans to release a series documenting Warne’s life, it was met with immediate backlash.
Warne manager James Erskine led the chorus of criticism, saying the family had ‘never been approached for their blessing or input’.
“He’s only been dead a few months and for them to turn it around and think of doing something sensational, well, they should be ashamed of themselves,” Erskine told the Herald Sun.
“I will write to Peter Costello because he is their president and I will tell him, please explain.
“Why would Nine even go there? It’s a shame and I will definitely make my voice heard.
Nine’s head of content, Andy Ryan, described the planned TV series as “top-notch drama”.
“Like the man himself, this miniseries will be larger than life, entertaining, confronting and thought-provoking,” Ryan said.
“We want to explore what made Warnie so special and why he had such a powerful effect on people.
“He was a sports legend, a national treasure, a sort of international icon. He was also a larrikin, a thief and a charmer and a flawed man.
“The national outpouring of grief over his passing showed us, if we needed to say it, how much of an impact he had on the national conversation.”
He added: “He was an icon in every country where cricket is played, but also around the world.
“We’re going to do top-notch drama with international appeal.”