Jessica Simpson Planning An 'I Love Lucy' Remake
Heavily pregnant Jessica Simpson is developing a remake of classic sitcom I Love Lucy with the expectant star in the lead role.
The singer/actress is due to give birth to her first child imminently, but she's already working on her showbiz return and has reteamed with TV producer Ben Silverman, the man behind her new design show Fashion Star, to breathe new life into the popular 1950s comedy.
And Simpson has her sights set on stepping into Lucille Ball's shoes to revive the role she made famous.
During an interview with Elle magazine, Simpson is heard chatting about the prospective project with Silverman, during which he asks her, "What about that I Love Lucy thing you and I were talking about? The sitcom. We really should go to the networks. It could be super funny."
Simpson replies, "Let's develop it. But I think it would be good to play myself, a new mom, and not do anything so different that people won't grasp it."
And Silverman is convinced the show will be a hit with Simpson in the starring role.
Speaking to Elle magazine, he says: "She is just naturally funny. Jess has such a disarming wit for a beautiful girl, making fun of herself in the most charming way."
The original I Love Lucy series, which centered around titular character Lucy Ricardo (Ball), her singer husband Ricky Ricardo and their best friends, ran from 1951 to 1957.