The Wrap reports versatile actress Cate Blanchett is attached to play legendary TV comedian Lucille Ball written by Newsroom creator and Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. According to the report, the film will “chronicle Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom I Love Lucy.”
When I was a boy, I never quite appreciated Ball or I Love Lucy as it signaled the end of cartoons on one of the local TV channels, but her story is quite impressive. From chorus lines and B-movie roles in the 30s and early 40s, she agreed to develop a radio show she starred in for television. She insisted on working with Cuban-born Arnaz. They became powerhouses in the early days of television, founding Desilu Productions, which would eventually buy the old RKO Pictures studio adjacent to the Paramount lot in Hollywood.
Besides her own shows, Desilu would go on to produce Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, both of which Ball saw the potential in. After their divorce, Ball ran the company herself — while starring in a weekly series — until selling it to Paramount’s then-parent company Gulf+Western and continues to this day as CBS Television Studios.
As it still early days for the project, it is unclear when production will start and no release date is set.
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