After hearing the true story being The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Netflix in 2020, writer/director Aaron Sorkin will be umping to the streaming studio of Amazon to bring us another fact-based drama this time, not like his short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip within the world of television comedy. The stories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz a real-life couple who formed production company Desilu Production and brought us and starred in hugely influential TV comedy I Love Lucy will be mined for Sorkin’s Peen and camera in the upcoming Being the Ricardos and per Deadline he has got a star cast coming him.
Nicole Kidman will play Lucille Ball in the movie originally attached when Sorkin was just going to write the movie and Javier Bardem will play Desi Arnaz. The movie’s focus is a weeklong production cycle of an I Love Lucy episode and while the couple is dealing with the show drama of putting up an episode of TV. The producers for the Amazon Studios production include Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Jenna Block, and David Bloomfield of an escape artist, Stuart Besser, Lauren Ohman, and Ball and Arnaz’s children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, jr.
Sorkin is mostly misguided and bad with a few sequences of expectations. But Big Little Lies or No Country for Old Men and it is hard to imagine either performer coming with the broadly comic energies needed to convincingly play a beyond professional comedy performer.