Lifetime Orders Simone Biles TV Movie, Renews 'UnREAL' for Season 4
By Philiana Ng
Lifetime is getting into the Simone Biles business.
The cable network announced on Friday that it has greenlighted a television movie about the five-time Olympic medalist, tentatively titled The Simone Biles Story.
Based on Biles' book, Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance, the biopic will follow Biles through the years of sacrifice and perseverance that led her to becoming an Olympic champion. As a member of the Final Five women's gymnastics team in 2016, the 20-year-old gymnast's journey from foster care to the Olympic podium is full of life experiences that serve as an inspiration for every little girl with a dream.
Biles will executive produce the TV movie, which will debut on Lifetime in early 2018. She will be the second member of the Final Five team to get the Lifetime movie treatment, following in the footsteps of Gabby Douglas, whose telepic premiered in 2014.
Additionally, Lifetime has ordered a fourth season of UnREAL ahead of its third season premiere early next year.
UnREAL gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a successful Bachelor/Bachelorette-esque dating competition program, Everlasting. Seasons three and four will be run by executive producer Stacy Rukeyser.
Toni Braxton will also return to star in another TV movie, titled Faith Under Fire, following her 2016 biopic, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.
Braxton will star as Antoinette Tuff, a struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed an elementary school to surrender. The movie is based on the book, Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Tuff and Alex Tresniowski.
Lifetime has also renewed Mary Kills People for a second season, which will return early next year.
The network will soon kick off production in August on You, a psychological thriller drama series from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, and starring Penn Badgley. You also stars Elizabeth Lail, Zach Cherry and Luca Padovan.
Here is the official logline: "You is a 21st century love story that asks, 'What would you do for love?' When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle -- and person -- in his way."