Madonna is no longer directing a Madonna biopic

To Madonna fans, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the iconic pop star is embarking on a major world tour. The bad news is that with her attention on the tour, she won’t be directing a much-discussed biopic about her own life.

News of Madonna’s Madonna biopic, which would have starred Julia Garner, first broke in September 2020. At the time, here was what Madonna herself had to say about the film she wanted to make:

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. 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 them than me. It is important to share my life’s roller coaster ride with my voice and vision.

According to Variety, Madonna “worked on two script drafts that encompassed large periods of her creative and personal life.” Universal, which would have distributed the project, had previously bought the rights to a Blacklist screenplay by Elyse Hollander about Madonna titled Blonde Ambition back in 2017. After Madonna got involved, she worked on the material with Juno‘s Diablo Cody and Secretary‘s Erin Cressida Wilson. But two years after the project was announced, it still hasn’t gone into production.

Variety cites unnamed “insiders” who claim that while the tour is Madonna’s “sole focus” right now, she “remains committed to making a movie about her life one day.”

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