Madonna biopic scrapped after singer’s world tour introduced

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A much-anticipated Madonna biopic, directed by the singer herself and starring the Ozark actor Julia Garner, has been scrapped.

The movie, which had been in improvement since 2020 with Common Footage and had the working title Little Sparrow, was set to chronicle Madonna’s four-decade profession spanning music, cinema and trend.

In line with a Selection report on Tuesday, Common pulled out after Madonna’s announcement of a worldwide tour final week – one which encompasses her whole catalogue and offered out its dates in New York, Paris and London inside minutes.

However unnamed insiders informed the Hollywood Reporter that the movie’s cancellation had been determined late final 12 months, lengthy earlier than the tour was introduced.

There was no remark from Common, nor from representatives for Madonna or Garner.

The biopic had created a lot on-line frenzy as a result of its gruelling casting course of, which got here to be referred to as “Madonna bootcamp”: 11-hour days of choreography, in addition to readings and singing auditions in entrance of Madonna and her casting director.

Earlier than Garner clinched the position, younger stars – together with Florence Pugh, Euphoria breakout Alexa Demie and the pop musicians Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira – have been thought of. The Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was as soon as connected to pen the screenplay. Cody and Madonna appeared collectively in an Instagram dwell in late 2020, taking part in an unconventional dwell writing session.

Julia Garner had been forged within the now-cancelled Madonna biopic. {Photograph}: Presley Ann/Getty Pictures/SeeHer

A second draft of the script was then accomplished by Madonna with Erin Cressida Wilson, finest recognized for her screenwriting work on Secretary and The Woman on the Prepare.

Sources informed Selection that Madonna continues to be dedicated to creating the movie, regardless of Common pulling out.

“I wish to convey the unimaginable journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, attempting to make her means on this world,”the singer mentioned in 2020. “There are such a lot of untold and galvanizing tales and who higher to inform it than me.

“It’s important to share the rollercoaster experience of my life with my voice and imaginative and prescient.”

Madonna has two directing credit to her identify: the provocative comedy-drama Filth and Knowledge, and W.E., a time-hopping romance about King Edward VIII.


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