Madonna Biopic Scrapped After Singer’s World Tour Announced – The highly anticipated Madonna biopic, which was to have been directed by the artist and starred Julia Garner from Ozark, has been scrapped. The film, which has been in production with Universal Pictures since 2020 and had the working title Little Sparrow, was intended to chart Madonna’s four-decade career in music, cinema, and fashion.
According to a report from Variety on Tuesday, Universal withdrew after Madonna announced last week that she would be embarking on a world tour that would feature every song from her catalog and would immediately sell out in New York, Paris, and London. Unnamed insiders, however, claimed to the Hollywood Reporter that the decision to cancel the movie had been made late last year, far in advance of the tour’s announcement.
There has been no comment from Universal, nor from representatives for Madonna or Garner. The biopic had created much online frenzy due to its gruelling casting process, which came to be known as “Madonna bootcamp”: 11-hour days of choreography, as well as readings and singing auditions in front of Madonna and her casting director. Young actors like Florence Pugh, Euphoria breakout Alexa Demie, and pop vocalists Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira were all considered for the part before Garner acquired it. The screenplay had previously been assigned to Diablo Cody, an Oscar-winning screenwriter.
In late 2020, Cody and Madonna appeared on Instagram live together and took part in an unusual live writing session. A second draft of the script was then completed by Madonna with Erin Cressida Wilson, best known for her screenwriting work on Secretary and The Girl on the Train. Sources told Variety that Madonna is still committed to making the film, despite Universal pulling out.
“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” the singer said in 2020. “There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me.” “It’s essential to share the rollercoaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.” Madonna has two directing credits to her name: the provocative comedy-drama Filth and Wisdom, and W.E., a time-hopping romance about King Edward VIII.
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