“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool looking for instant gratification without doing the work,” Madonna said of Universal’s previous attempts to make a movie about her life and career, and now it seems that the studio is in full agreement, as it’s been confirmed that she will direct its upcoming biopic, and pen it with Jennifer’s Body and Juno writer Diablo Cody.
“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,” said Madonna in a statement. “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.”
Universal has been tinkering with the project for years, and a previous script in hand by Elyse Hollander sought to tell the story behind the making of Madonna’s Blonde Ambition album in the early 80s. It was to follow her attempts to get the record released in New York City despite many rejections and dismissals from music industry jags. Since Brett Ratner’s Ratpac production company was behind that effort, you can imagine a lot has changed behind the scenes, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Amy Pascal is now helping Madonna produce this new project under her Pascal Pictures outfit.
“This movie is an absolute labor of love for me,” added Pascal. “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 and our partners at Universal.”