The anticipated biopic of music legend Madonna is taking an indefinite hiatus. The project, which Icon himself was going to direct, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, multiple sources said. diversity.
Speculation over the fate of the movie began last week after Madonna announced a career-spanning world tour – which sold out shows in New York, London, Paris and other cities within minutes. Insiders familiar with the icon say his only focus is touring, but he is committed to making a movie about his life one day.
Representatives for Madonna, Garner and Universal Pictures declined to comment.
While announced in 2020, the film’s development was put on hold until late 2022. Madonna worked on two script drafts covering 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 second pass. Last June, diversity Emmy and Golden Globe winner Garner broke the news that she won the pop icon role. It follows a grueling week-long bake-off between a group of young actors (including Florence Pugh, “Euphoria” star Alexa Demy, Odessa Young and Bebe Rexha) who participated in a singing and dancing bootcamp.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley brought the project to the studio with producer Amy Pascal, whose eponymous production company Uni Lott founded. Sara Zambreno and longtime Madonna manager Guy Osari were set to executive produce. The project will mark 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 a director: “Filth and Wisdom,” a 2008 dramedy set in the UK, and 2011’s “WE,” a historical romance about King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. .
Mark Malkin contributed to this report.