‘Queen of Versailles’ sequel taking shape
Hal Boedeker, Staff writer
Jackie Siegel doesn’t know what her TV series will be like, but the “Queen of Versailles” knows what she wants.
“I hope they will just let me be me and let me do my own thing,” Siegel said Tuesday. “I think that’s what people that saw the movie really liked, because it was real, whereas reality can be somewhat scripted.”
Last week she signed a deal with NBCUniversal. Executives will visit Orlando in late August “to get a feel for what my life is like and what they want to show,” she said.
Life is very good for the wife of David Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts. “Both of us are probably as happy as we’ve ever been, besides when we were on our honeymoon,” she said.
He on Tuesday announced his purchase of the Orlando Predators Arena Football team, and he joked that he would like to forget about “The Queen of Versailles,” the popular 2012 documentary.
“The movie portrays him looking like a failure, which you can clearly see today he’s not,” Jackie Siegel said. “A reality show … will do damage control for what the movie was.”
Will he be in the reality series?
“I don’t like reality shows,” he said.
“When the camera’s there, he’ll jump in front of it,” she said.
“Only if it’s good for business,” he said. “I don’t need any more pain.”
Jackie Siegel has committed to six episodes. A presentation for the series will be shot over Labor Day Weekend, and she estimated the series could be on the air in the winter.
She said she is doing a presentation because the “Versailles” hype has died down a bit and also because a lawsuit over the couple’s life rights stalled “Versailles” sequels. The Siegels won that legal fight earlier this year.
“When they see the cameras rolling and the presentation, they’ll love what they get,” Jackie predicted.
She said she hoped the series would feature the Predators and bolster the team. “Maybe people will buy tickets hoping they’ll meet the Queen of Versailles,” she said. “I am a Predators fan. I like Arena Football because the games go quicker.”
Other series topics, she said, could be how she plans a big party at her house, how she manages her eight children and how she meets decorators who are working on Versailles, the Siegels’ 90,000-square-foot home on Lake Butler in Orange County.
“We’re completely finished with the outside,” she said. “There’s no shortage for content for a show.”
The series would not be the “Real Housewives of Orlando.” Rather, the show would focus on Siegel and “follow me around on my crazy secret life,” she said with a laugh. “You have to watch the show to see what my secrets are.”