If you've ever wanted to roam around the largest house in the country, you may soon get the chance: The Queen of Versailles debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year and has just been picked up by Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Lauren Greenfield, the film chronicles the drama surrounding the construction and ultimate failure of a massive estate in Windermere, Fla., which was cooked up by billionaire developer David Siegel and his wife, Jackie, as their ultimate dream home. By the time the couple accounted for an endless list of features and amenities—including 10 kitchens, mind you—plans had grown to 90,000 square feet. In 2008, the recession hit and the project was stalled; now, after having poured $50M into it, they're asking $100M (finished) or $75M (unfinished). Calling the film "the ultimate 'Real Housewives' tale," Hollywood.com has this assessment: "You won't feel bad that Jackie and David never got a chance to live in their real life palace, but when their marriage hits a breaking point, their children drift away and the future as they know it looks grim, you'll relate." (Unsurprisingly, Siegel is now suing both Sundance and the filmmakers.) Watch a very short clip from the piece below.
· Festival Insider: Queen of Versailles | 2012 Sundance Film Festival [YouTube]
· “The Queen of Versailles” – A Documentary On The Siegel’s 90,000 Square Foot Super Mansion [Homes of the Rich]
· Sundance 2012: 'Queen of Versailles' Is the Ultimate 'Real Housewives' Tale [Hollywood.com]
· $100M Homes Perfect for Yuri Milner and Other Modest Folk [Curbed National]