Universal Pictures has turned out to be home to a biography of the iconic singer Madonna, who will direct her own story from a screenplay she writes with Oscar-winning Juno writes Diablo Cody. Madonna will produce the film with Pascal Pictures’ Amy Pascal. Madonna will not star in the film, but she will look for a young actress who will play her in the formative phases of a disruptor career that sets the template for all the diva singing stars that have followed, from Beyonce to Lady Gaga.
The film tells the story of Madonna’s growth into a card that tops the juggernaut and style icon with the enduring power to become the best-selling female artist of all time – 335 million records worldwide ̵
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“I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, musician, dancer – a human being trying to find his way in this world,” Madonna said in a statement. “The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many countless and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It is important to share roller coaster in my life with my voice and vision. ”
It’s hard to remember another great music biography directed by its subject, even though the surviving members of Queen had a major impact on blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody about the band and its late frontman Freddie Mercury, and Elton John was producer and his partner David Furnish producer on Rocket man. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will be producers of this, and the film’s ability to make use of the large catalog of hit songs makes the potential here quite large on a global scale.
After leaving her home in Michigan to move to New York to become a dancer, Madonna instead found her way as a solo singer. From the moment she started generating early hits like Like a virgin, Borderline and Lucky star, it was clear that Madonna was different from the rest. Her looks, dance steps and provocative persona fit perfectly with MTV as the network hit the mark. She soon found her way into film, first glimpse into Vision Questand then costarring in Desperately looking for Susan, who introduced the smash song Into the groove. She followed with turns in Evita, a league of its own, Dick Tracy and others, and directed WE, The 2011 drama that focused on the relationship between King Edward VIII and the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, which led him to resign. She directed the short films Filth & Wisdom, SecretProjectRevolution with Steven Klein, and she created / produced docu I am because we are, about the children of Malawi. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and became a humanitarian in the field of AIDS awareness, LGBTQ rights, advocated for gender equality and supported orphans and vulnerable children through her nonprofit organization, Raising Malawi. She has left us behind the curtain a bit in the documentary Truth or Dare, but she has a whole story to tell.
The project was embraced by a pair of strong female Hollywood female film industry doctors, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley, along with Pascal, who spent 30 years at Sony Pictures, most of whom were chairman before leaving to make a first look at Universal.
“Madonna is the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel,” Langley said. “With her unique gift for creating art that is as accessible as it is pushing boundaries, she has shaped our culture in a way that very few others have. It’s an incredible honor for everyone at Universal to work with her, Diablo and Amy to bring audiences and dedicated fans around for the first time in its nuanced story. ”
Pascal recently produced the best film candidate Little women, and Married and Spider Man movies on Sony Pictures. Cody recently scripted and produced Jason Reitman-directed Tully, who starred in Charlize Theron.
“This movie is an absolute love job for me,” Pascal said. “I have known Madonna since we made A league of its own together, and I can imagine no more exciting than collaborating with her and Diablo to bring her true story to the big screen with Donna and our partners at Universal. ”
Senior Production Manager Erik Baiers and Development Director Lexi Barta oversee Universal.
Madonna is being rejected by CAA and Maverick, while Cody is WME, MXN Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.