The Queen of Pop has spent years wanting to bring her life to the big screen, through a feature film directed by herself. The project, while slow-moving, gave solid signs of life in 2020, with news of a script being held by Universal Pictures. And two years later, reports about the signing of Julia Garner (Inventing Anna) to embody the mythical singer seemed to set the machinery in motion. However, it seems that the planned biopic de Madonna will finally not see the light of day; at least, not in the near future.
This Tuesday, Variety reported that the biopic of Madonna is no longer being developed within Universal Pictures. The reason for this would be that the legendary interpreter of “Like a Virgin” has preferred to dedicate all her energy to the world tour that she announced just last week. However, “she is still determined to one day make a film about her life,” in the words of the media.
The tour in question, called Madonna: The Celebration Tour, will begin on July 15, 2023, beginning with presentations in different cities in the US and Canada, to later cover various dates in Europe. At the moment, this tour —a series of concerts that promise to encompass four decades of music— is scheduled to conclude in Amsterdam on December 1 of this year.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the film project is stopped, although the decision to stop it would come from further back. According to sources from the news portal, the cancellation of the biopic it was agreed at the end of last year and not in recent days.
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On the other hand, the investigation of THR seems to indicate that there was never any certainty about the nature of the project. According to another insiderthe different versions of the script were never less than 180 pages, which led to conversations about whether it would be better to do two movies or even a miniseries.
The now-canceled Madonna biopic boasted a behind-the-scenes crew that included Amy Pascal as producer and scriptwriter Erin Cressida Wilsonwho was commissioned to co-write the film with the singer and director.
After a long and intense casting process, julia garner —three-time Emmy winner for her work on the crime series ozark— became the favorite to play the musical legend out of a handful of hopefuls, which also included Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie and Odessa Young. Would you have liked to see her in the shoes of one of the biggest pop icons?
Antonio G. Spindola I have very bad memory. Out of solidarity with my memories, I choose to lose myself too. Preferably in a movie theater.