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Madonna to direct and co-wrote own biopic

By | Published on Wednesday 16 September 2020


Madonna has officially announced that she is co-writing and will direct an as-yet-untitled film based on her own life.

The musician has been hinting that she is working on a screenplay in recent weeks, posting pictures and videos of herself and co-writer Diablo Cody working together on Instagram. Fans already believed that project to be a biopic – with rumours circulating last month that actor Julia Garner had signed up to play the star, although that has not yet been confirmed.

In a new statement, Madonna says: “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 focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision”.

The film will be produced by Amy Pascall – who worked with Madonna on 1992 film ‘A League Of Their Own’ – for the Universal film studio. Says Pascall: “This movie is an absolute labour of love for me. I have known Madonna since we made ‘A League Of Their Own’ together, and I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen with … our partners at Universal”.

The fact that this is Madonna telling her own story is the big sell of this movie, although it’s not the convention for artists to make their own biopics. That said, you’d be disappointed if it turned out someone didn’t write their own autobiography, so maybe it’s OK.

Madonna previously criticised another film about her life being developed by Universal as being “all lies”, insisting then that “only I can tell my story”. And with Oscar-winning writer Cody on board to help out, I guess things are maybe moving in a positive direction.

Speaking of direction, the one weak link in this whole project is possibly the film’s director. That being Madonna herself. She has previously directed two films – 2008’s ‘Filth & Wisdom’ and 2012’s ‘WE’ – both of which were critically-panned commercial disasters. So that doesn’t exactly bode well.