Madonna To Direct And Co-write Her Own Biopic That Will Focus On ‘Music’
Pop icon Madonna recently unveiled that she is all set to direct a film about her own life and career. The 62-year-old music icon revealed the film would focus on music as it is the only thing that “has kept me going and art has kept me alive.” The singer also said that she is teaming up with Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno and Young Adult, to write the script of the untitled biopic.
Soon to don the co-writer’s hat, Madonna said she wants to explore her creative side and “the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artiste, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” BBC reported. She added that the film was still at its early stage of scripting.
The film will turn back time for her and her fans. It may revolve around her relationship with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the fallout from her controversial Like A Prayer video and her experience of filming Evita. However, she explains that the focus will “always be music,” said Madonna in a statement. “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.”
“This movie is an absolute labor 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 Donna (Langley) and our partners at Universal,” said the film’s producer Amy Pascal. Pascal is the former chief of the Sony Pictures who produced A League of their Own in 1992 co-starring Madonna.
On her Instagram account, she described the biopic as a medium to show her “struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world,” adding that the journey covers a range of emotions: “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly”.
“It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
This is not the first time the American singer Madonna will be directing a movie. This will be her third directorial project. Previously she had directed the British drama Filth and Wisdom (2008) and the period drama W.E. (2011), with Abbie Corning and Andrea Riseborough. Her last album was Madame X released in 2019, which sold 335 million records worldwide.
Last year, Madonna had accused the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of making alleged sexual advances towards her. She had opened up about the ordeal and how she dealt with his sexual advances in an interview with the New York Times and said that that Weinstein “crossed lines and boundaries” when they worked together on her 1991 documentary, Truth or Dare.