Madonna biopic starring Julia Garner scrapped after singer… – Evening Standard


n June, the internet went mad when news reports surfaced about the gruelling audition process some of Hollywood ’s biggest stars had put themselves through to play Pop-queen in her upcoming, self-directed biopic.

Stars including Florence Pugh and Euphoria ’s Alexa Demie had been part of a months-long competitive bootcamp which included singing and acting lessons, and, reportedly, 11-hour sessions with Madonna ’s choreographer.

In the particular end, Inventing Anna star Julia Get came out on top – but now, it seems like it was all for nothing, because the biopic has already been abandoned.

The internet – always onboard for another pop culture drama –naturally had a lot to say. “The Madonna biopic was a 24 month sociological study conducted by Harvard University. We are now complete along with our study. Thank you for your time, ” joked one Twitter user.

“The only reasonable course of action now is for Madonna to celebrity in a Julia Garner biopic, ” Tweeted another, while a third said, “ Madonna scrapping her biopic to go on tour, ” alongside a clip of Garner’s most famous Anna Delvey lines, “I do not have time for this, I do not possess time with regard to you! ”

So far, neither Pop-queen nor Produce have made public statements about the biopic news, but both artists still follow each other on Instagram.

The particular film’s abandonment, which was first reported by Variety, has been put down to the fact that Madonna will be going upon a world trip.

According to Variety, “Insiders familiar with Madonna stated her sole focus is the tour, ” but that will she “remains committed” to making the film “one day”.

The 35-city tour was, rather uniquely, announced last week via a YouTube video skit that starred Amy Schumer plus Jack Black. “Come join the party! ” Madonna then wrote next to an Instagram post.

As many as 600, 000 tickets were immediately sold, and 36 shows offered out – so many that 23 new dates were added to venues across North America and Europe.

The tour will open in Vancouver on July 15, this summer, and will close in Amsterdam five months later on December 1 . Special guest Bob the Drag Queen the. k. a. Caldwell Tidicue (the winner of season eight’s RuPaul’s Drag Race) will be joining the visit.

Given that Madonna’s last tour, the Madame X Tour, ended within March 2020 (just three days before its planned conclusion, because the pandemic hit) the particular scrambling regarding tickets shows the icon’s lasting cultural relevance, 39 long years after the release of her debut album, Pop-queen.

Up in order to this point, however, the biopic has very much seemed like Madonna’s passion project: “I want to convey the particular incredible journey that life has taken me on since an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying in order to make the girl way in this world, ” she had said inside a statement concerning the film.

“The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has held me alive. There are so numerous untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the rollercoaster ride associated with my life with my voice and vision. ” In February last year the singer shared that the particular film, at that time at least, has been called Little Sparrow.

Over the final two years Madonna was really open about the film’s creation process, posting several now cancelled videos upon social media regarding the forthcoming project. Within one she said: “When you’re stuck in the house along with multiple injuries what do you do.?……….. Write a Screenplay with Diablo Cody”, together with some emojis of musical notes.

The particular 64-year-old 1st started writing the script alongside Cody, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for Juno (2007). Later it had been reported that Erin Cressida Wilson, who adapted Girl On The Train in 2016, had taken over.

According to The Sun , Cody experienced exited the project due to the fact Madonna had been “too difficult to work with”. An insider allegedly said: “Madonna is understandably very particular about how she wants [the film] in order to be. She’s a perfectionist and since it is regarding her existence, she is being very careful about how things come across.

“Diablo needed more freedom to be able to make it function and ultimately decided the girl couldn’t contribute any more. ” However , Entertainment Weekly documented that prior to Cody left, she plus Madonna got completed a first draft together.

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Madonna performing at the particular Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2015

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Although the cast list hadn’t been announced, there was an all-star team behind the project. Amy Pascal, who worked on Little Women, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Molly’s Game, and that worked with Madonna back in 1992 on the sports-comedy movie A League of Their Own, was pegged to be producing. Julia Fox, who acquired been seen at a number of events along with Madonna, has been reportedly also in talks to have a role within the film, potentially playing actor Debi Mazar, the long-time friend of Madonna’s.

To top it almost all off, the particular biopic, which was very first announced in 2020, had apparently already been won simply by Universal after a furious bidding war.

For now, Madonna fans will have got to be satisfied with the other two feature films she offers directed: Madonna directed the particular 2008 movie Filth plus Wisdom, which usually was near-universally panned (Rolling Stone called it “irredeemably dull” and Rotten Tomatoes awarded this an embarrassingly low 25 per cent Tomatometer rating). She furthermore directed 2011’s W. E. that was markedly less criticised and which usually starred Oscar-nominated British actress  Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson and James D’Arcy because King Edward VIII.

Small Sparrow is usually the second shelved Pop-queen biopic out there: in 2017 Universal produced their initial attempt in making a film regarding the Like A Prayer singer, buying the script by writer Elyse Hollander which had topped the 2016 Black List (the Dark List is definitely the go-to industry platform for undeveloped scripts).

Pop-queen was furious about it, saying, “Why would Universal Studios want to create a movie about me based on a script that is all lies??? Nobody knows what I know plus what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who else tries is a charlatan and a fool. ”

So until Madonna picks up the biopic again, followers will just have to wait – or pacify themselves with Celebration Trip tickets.