Amazon acquires Aaron Sorkin’s Lucille Ball biopic

Oscar winner Cate Blanchett has been attached to play the beloved, Emmy-winning comedienne in the authorized telling of the sitcom stars’ romantic and business partnerships.Escape Artists and the couple’s children, Lucie Luckinbill   and Desi Arnaz Jr., will produce the film about the   lovable redhead and the Cuban bandleader. Your biopic is home.”Lucy and Desi,” Aaron Sorkin’s   feature project about iconic small-screen stars Lucille Ball and former husband Desi Arnaz, has been acquired by Amazon Studios, according to Deadline. Producers are reportedly eyeing Javier Bardem and other big names to star in the biopic, Deadline reported. When the comedy   became a runaway hit and globally televised phenomenon, they   sold their “I Love Lucy” films to CBS for $6 million.Then, when she and Arnaz ultimately split in 1960, she bought her ex’s   interest in Desilu, which produced “Star Trek” and   “Mission: Impossible,”   among other series. No word either on who will play their “Lucy” co-stars   William Frawley and Vivian Vance, the actors who brought curmudgeonly landlord   Fred Mertz and his affable wife Ethel — Lucy’s unwitting scheming partner — to life.Ball and Arnaz   co-found Desilu Productions in 1950 when   they met   resistance over Arnaz playing Lucy’s husband,   bandleader Ricky Ricardo, on their show. Ball   became the first woman to head a major studio and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.The Arnaz children   have controlled the rights to their parents’ memoirs since the TV stars died in the 1980s. The project penned by “Moneyball” scribe Sorkin   was first announced in 2015   and has been making the rounds since.As for who will play the meddlesome   TV housewife’s former husband, that’s still up in the air. (CBS photo archive)Oh, Luuucy! “We met a few years ago and started talking about this, and now Aaron Sorkin is in advanced talks to adapt her mother and father’s story. The rights package is said to include access to those tales.”Lucie Arnaz has been incredibly, unbelievably generous,” Blanchett told Entertainment Weekly of the project in 2016. It’s incredible.” Latest updates