Madonna Biopic scrapped as singer goes on world tour

The anticipated biopic of music legend Madonna is on indefinite hiatus. The project, which the icon himself was supposed to direct, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, multiple sources said Variety.

Speculation over the film’s fate began immediately after Madonna announced a career-spanning world tour last week – one that sold out shows in New York, London, Paris and other cities in minutes. Insiders who know Madonna said her only focus is the tour, but she remains committed to making a movie about her life one day.

Representatives for Madonna, Garner and Universal Pictures declined to comment on the case.

While it was announced in 2020, development on the film continued until late 2022. Madonna worked on two screenplay drafts that encompassed large periods of her creative and personal life. An earlier version was written with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (their writing sessions were widely shared on social media). Erin Cressida Wilson (“Secretary,” “The Girl on the Train”) took another pass. last June, Variety broke the news that Emmy and Golden Globe winner Garner had won the role of the pop icon. It followed a grueling week-long bake-off among a group of young actors (including Florence Pugh, “Euphoria” star Alexa Demie, Odessa Young and Bebe Rexha) who attended song-and-dance bootcamp.

Universal Filmed Entertainment Group president Donna Langley brought the project to the studio with producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous production company is established on the Uni grounds. Sara Zambreno and longtime Madonna manager Guy Oseary were set to executive produce. The project would have marked a reunion for Madonna and Pascal, who worked together on the 1982 baseball classic “A League of Their Own.”

Madonna has two feature films to her credit as director: “Filth and Wisdom,” a 2008 drama series set in Britain, and 2011’s “WE,” a historical romance about King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Marc Malkin contributed to this report.

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