Amazon Studios is adding to their growing roster of original programming which so far includes the alternative historical drama The Man In The High Castle and dramedy Transparent. The company recently acquired Lucy and Desi, a drama series scripted by the master of dialogue, The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin.
Academy Award winner (and upcoming bad-ass MCU villain) Cate Blanchett will portray the titular Lucille Ball. While little is known about what the series will depict, the pioneering comedienne and her relationship with Desi Arnaz has been a point of discussion for over half a century.
We Love Lucy: Amazon Celebrates A TV Legend
Among a myriad of other achievements made throughout her illustrious career, Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu Productions, in 1962. The studio, which was originally formed in 1950 by Ball and Arnaz, went on to produce such works as Star Trek and their wildly popular TV sitcom, I Love Lucy.
There are discussions underway as to who will portray the important role of Arnaz, with Deadline adding Javier Bardem’s name into the mix as a potential candidate. Of course, one can’t love Lucy without Fred and Ethel (portrayed by William Frawley and Vivian Vance respectively in the original series).
Ball and Arnaz’s children, Lucie Luckinbill and Desi Arnaz Jr. are involved in the series as well, providing their authorization to depict the tumultuous love/business relationship between their famous parents. Deadline refers to this rights package as one that,
“empowers the use of memoirs written by both Ball and Arnaz, rights their children have controlled since their parents died.”
Getting The Right Lucy And Desi Is Priority #1
In order for this series to have any merit or gain any traction, they must ensure that the chemistry between the on-screen Ball and Arnaz is nothing short of perfect. The couple captivated audiences for decades with their hysterical humor and undeniable charm, and their remarkable spirit needs to be appropriately honored in Amazon’s latest venture.
Although their marriage endured some major hardships and a subsequent divorce, the pair reportedly remained friends for the rest of their lives as their sitcom remained a staple on American television for generations. With Blanchett on board, there’s reason to be hopeful that the show will manage to capture that special something Lucy and Desi shared.
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