Jessica Simpson planning `I Love Lucy` remake

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2012, 11:01 AM IST

London: Heavily pregnant Jessica Simpson says she is developing a remake of classic US sitcom `I Love Lucy` and she will play the lead role.

The singer-actress is due to give birth to her first child, but she`s already working on her showbiz return and has teamed with TV producer Ben Silverman, the man behind her new design show `Fashion Star`, Daily Express reported.

Simpson, 31, has her sights set on stepping into Lucille Ball`s shoes to revive the role she made famous.

"Let`s develop `I Love Lucy`. But I think it would be good to play myself, a new mum, and not do anything so different that people won`t grasp it," she said.

And Silverman is convinced the show will be a hit with Simpson in the starring role.

"She is just naturally funny. Jess has such a disarming wit for a beautiful girl, making fun of herself in the most charming way," Silverman said.

The original `I Love Lucy` series, which centred around titular character Lucy Ricardo (Ball), her singer husband Ricky Ricardo and their best friends, ran from 1951 to 1957.