Shane Warne miniseries set to depict his extraordinary life is slammed as ‘despicable’ and ‘distasteful’ by the cricketer’s longtime manager
A new biographical miniseries depicting the late Shane Warne‘s life has been slammed as ‘despicable’ and ‘distasteful’ according to a new report.
On Friday, The Herald Sun says those close to the cricketer are not impressed by news of the series, which is slated for 2023, going into production.
Sources have called the series ‘appalling,’ and claim Shane’s family was ‘never approached for their blessing or input.’
Slammed: A new biographical miniseries depicting the late Shane Warne’s life has been slammed as ‘despicable’ and ‘distasteful’ according to a new report. Shane is pictured
Shane’s longtime manager, James Erskine, says Channel Nine, who are producing the series, should be ‘ashamed’.
‘He’s only been dead for a couple of months and for them to turn this around and think about doing some sensational thing, well they should be ashamed of themselves,’ Erskine told the paper.
Nine Entertainment Co are in talks to sign a production company to explore the drama-filled life of the Australian icon, who died on March 4 at age 52 from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Not a fan: Shane’s long time manager, James Erskine, says Channel Nine, who are producing the series, should be ‘ashamed’. Pictured: Shane in 2006
Nine’s head of drama Andy Ryan said the miniseries will be a ‘premium quality drama with international appeal’.
‘Warnie’s life was so full of drama, like the man himself,’ Ryan told The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘This miniseries will be larger than life – entertaining, confronting, thought-provoking.’
He said the network want the series to explore just what made Warnie so special, adding: ‘He was a sporting legend, a national treasure, international kind of icon, but he was also a larrikin, a rogue and a charmer and a flawed man.
Tribute: Nine’s head of drama Andy Ryan said the miniseries will be a ‘premium quality drama with international appeal’. Pictured with his ex-fiancée Elizabeth Hurley in 2013
‘The national outpouring of grief over his passing had shown us – if we needed telling – just what a sort of impact he’s had on the national conversation.’
TV sources previously told the publication that Nine, Seven, ABC and Foxtel all intend to carry the broadcast of Warne’s state memorial service at the MCG on March 30.
Indeed, Warne’s life has been full of headline-grabbing scandals alongside his great triumphs in the cricket world.
Passing: Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand. He died from ‘natural causes’, an autopsy concluded. Pictured on Good Morning Britain in London in October 2018
For ten years he was married to his childhood sweetheart Simone, having three children together: Jackson, Summer and Brooke.
The couple split after a decade, and in a heartbreaking documentary he recalled being caught cheating on Simone, which led to their marriage breaking down in 2005.
Warne said that, ‘unfortunately there was a story that broke of me with two women… Simone read that story.’
Exes: Simone Callahan and Shane were married from 1995 to 2005. They briefly reconciled once more, but split again for the final time in 2010. Pictured in 2010
He then went on to have a high-profile relationship with Elizabeth Hurley in late 2010, before he popped the question to the Austin Powers actress in September 2011.
However, the couple sadly split in 2013.
Warne later branded his romance with Elizabeth as being the ‘happiest time of his life.’
He told The Mirror: ‘I was more in love with Elizabeth than I’d realised I could be. I miss the love we had. My years with Elizabeth were the happiest of my life.’
Warne died on March 4 at the age of 52 while on holiday with his friends in Koh Samui, Thailand. He died from ‘natural causes’, an autopsy concluded.
Children: Warne’s kids, Brooke, Summer and Jackson, (pictured with him a decade ago at the 2012 Allan Border Medal awards) were said to be in ‘complete shock’ after his sudden death
Four friends who were staying with Shane battled to save his life for 20 minutes after he was found unconscious in a villa in their Koh Samui resort.
Thai police said that he was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm local time he was found to be unresponsive.
He became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket.
He went on to get 708 test wickets, tormenting teams all over the world, especially Australia’s great rival England.
Legend: He became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket