After years of rumours and whispers, we couldn't believe our luck last year when we heard that a biopic about the iconic Madonna was finally underway.
The 'Queen of Pop' was believed to be directing and producing the film about her life, decades-long career, and journey as an artist, along with a team that included producer Amy Pascal (Little Women, Spider-Man: Homecoming).
However, Variety now reports that multiple sources have told the publication that the biopic is no longer in development at Universal Pictures. The news comes a week after Madonna announced her world tour.
'Insiders familiar with Madonna said her sole focus Is the tour, but she remains committed to making a film about her life one day,' the publication reports.
Sources have also reportedly told the Hollywood Reporter that the film’s cancellation had been decided late last year, before the tour was announced.
Universal, nor Madonna or Garner have commented on the news.
In a previous statement about the production, the Holiday singer said that it was important that she be integral in telling her own story for the screen.
'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,' she said.
'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.'
Here’s everything you need to know about the biopic:
What was the Madonna biopic plot?
According to Variety, the Universal Pictures film would follow the early days of the often controversial artist and queen of reinvention.
The script was believed to have been won by the company in a multi-studio bidding war. The Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley has since praised Madonna as 'the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel.'
Who was meant to star in the Madonna biopic?
In June 2022 it was announced that Inventing Anna actor Julia Garner had been offered the role of Madonna in the biopic, per Variety. ' Garner’s team is considering and expected to accept the offer, said another source,' the publication reported.
Garner emerged as the favourite of many candidates. Actors rumoured to be in the running for the role reportedly included Florence Pugh, Euphoria stars Alexa Demie and Sydney Sweeney, and Odessa Young. Singers Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira have also been mentioned in online discussions.
The audition process was reportedly gruelling, as the music-heavy production would require a skilled singer and dancer.
A production timeline and other principal cast were unknown.
The singer previously shared a few behind-the-scenes glimpses of the early production process behind the biopic on Instagram. 'When you’re stuck in a house with multiple injuries what do you do?' wrote Madonna back in 2021. 'Write a Screenplay with Diablo Cody about..............📖🎥🎬🎤🎼🖤? [sic]' she captioned the post.
When was the Madonna biopic going to be released?
The release date for the untitled biopic was unknown.
Was there a trailer for the Madonna biopic?
No, but if the production ever comes to fruition again we will update this piece as more information comes in.
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