A highly anticipated biopic of Madonna, directed by the singer herself and starring the Ozark actor julia garnerhas been discarded.
The film, which had been in development since 2020 with Universal Pictures and had the working title Little Sparrow, chronicled Madonna’s four-decade career spanning music, film and fashion.
according to a Variety Reporting Tuesday, Universal pulled out after Madonna’s announcement of a world tour last week, one that spans her entire catalog and sold out her dates in New York, Paris and London in a matter of minutes.
But unidentified informants said the hollywood reporter that the film’s cancellation had been decided late last year, long before the tour was announced.
There has been no comment from Universal, nor from representatives of Madonna or Garner.
The biopic had created a lot of frenzy online due to his grueling casting processwhich came to be known as “Madonna Boot Camp”: 11-hour days of choreography, as well as readings and singing auditions in front of Madonna and her casting director.
Before Garner landed the role, young stars were considered, including Florence Pugh, Euphoria breakout Alexa Demie, and pop musicians Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was once attached to write the script. Cody and Madonna appeared together on an Instagram live in late 2020, engaging in an offbeat live writing session.
Madonna then completed a second draft of the script 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 movie, 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 my way in this world,” the singer said in 2020. and inspiring stories and who better to tell them than me.
“It is essential to share the roller coaster of my life with my voice and my vision.”
Madonna has two directing credits to her name: the provocative comedy-drama Filth and Wisdom, and WE, a time-hopping romance about King Edward VIII.
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