Talk show host Wendy Williams is gearing up for a new project. Back in the day, Williams got her start in radio and has been the one doling out celebrity gossip ever since. Deemed the “Queen of Gossip,” she’s built a career out of digging into other people’s business, but this time, she’s turning things around on herself with a Lifetime movie.
After suffering some health challenges and a very public split from her husband of two decades, Williams has been more candid about her personal life during the past few months. The new Lifetime biopic she has in the works is coming during a period of multiple changes in her world. But will it satiate fans who are inquisitive about Williams’ life?
What’s known about the biopic
TV Line reported that Lifetime made an announcement about the project during a press event for the Television Critics Association. Set to air in 2020, it “provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show.”
The movie will explore the ebbs and flows of her lengthy career and no doubt will touch on her marital woes, struggles with addiction, and medical issues. For years, she’s been open about having thyroid problems, and earlier this year, got real about being diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Just this month, Williams shared that she’s been diagnosed with lymphedema, a condition that causes inflammation and swelling in the body.
Williams has experience in television and film on both sides of the camera, producing 2014’s Aaliyah biopic for Lifetime and doing cameos in films such as Think Like a Man and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. According to CinemaBlend, Williams will executive produce the movie, sharing credit with Will Packer, the producer-director behind Girls Trip, Ride Along, and No Good Deed.
A documentary will accompany the biopic
CinemaBlend also reported that a documentary about Williams’ life will air right after the movie. It’s expected to highlight key moments in the tv host’s life including the demise of her marriage and her recent stay in a sober house.
These past few months have been tumultuous for Williams since she filed for divorce and has been battling ongoing health issues. Little by little, she’s been working to reclaim her media empire, which was partly run her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter. During the 28 years she and Hunter were together, they had one child, Kevin Jr., and they became business partners in Wendy Williams Productions.
Fans were worried when the star took a break from her show twice this year. Amid rumors of marital troubles and health complications, Williams left the scene for a few months this past winter and for a few weeks this summer.
The biopic is due to begin filming this fall and will be written by Leigh Davenport, a writer for the Boomerang series. Things seem to be looking up for Williams who has not only jumped into the dating pool but has reassured fans that she’s receiving treatment for her health ailments and is doing well. Williams turned 55 on July 18th and also revealed in a recent episode of her show that she’s officially off the market. These days, it looks like Williams herself is a hot topic.