Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is teaming up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on an Untitled Lucille Ball Biopic for the Sony-based production company Escape Artists. The biopic will be made with the support of the iconic actress' family, with her children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. set to produce, according to The Wrap. The project does not have a director attached at this time.
The story will follow Lucille Ball's 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz, which spanned from 1940 to 1960. After their divorce, Lucille Ball married actor/comedian Gary Morton in 1961, a marriage that lasted up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77. No specific plot details were given for the biopic, but it will most likely cover the inception of I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons between 1951 and 1957. The series is still considered to be one of the most groundbreaking television shows to this day.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met while filming the 1940 comedy Too Many Girls. In 1948, Lucille Ball starred in a radio comedy dubbed My Favorite Husband, which CBS wanted to turn into a TV series. Lucille Ball ended up convincing CBS to cast Desi Arnaz as her on-screen husband, while the network signed over complete creative control to the couple, giving birth to I Love Lucy. They both pioneered the three-camera, or multi-camera format on I Love Lucy, which is still used by traditional sitcoms to this day. They also created the concept of syndicating TV shows, which revolutionized the industry.
Escape Artists' Jenna Block is producing alongside Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., but it isn't known when production may begin. Both Cate Blanchett and Aaron Sorkin are familiar with tackling projects based on real-life subjects. Cate Blanchett won her first Oscar for portraying big screen legend Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, and Aaron Sorkin won his only Oscar for writing The Social Network, which chronicles the inception of Facebook and the life of founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).
Cate Blanchett recently starred in Disney's Cinderella, and she will next be seen in Triple Nine. Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay for another highly-anticipated biopic, Steve Jobs, which debuts in theaters October 9. With Cate Blanchett set to play Lucille Ball, who do you think should play Desi Arnaz? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more details on this biopic.