Madonna to co-write and direct her own biopic

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
·2-min read
American singer Madonna in New York, 1984. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Madonna pictured in in New York in 1984. (Getty Images)

Madonna is set to direct a biopic telling the story of her life and career as one of the biggest pop stars in the world.

The as-yet-untitled film will be co-written by the Material Girl alongside Oscar-winner Diablo Cody.

Madonna, 62, said: “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.

“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 rollercoaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

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No release date or casting choices have been announced.

In a recent Instagram live video, the singer described the film as “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly”, saying it would explore the art scene of 1980s New York.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20:  Madonna speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
Madonna speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City. (WireImage)

"We do talk about Andy [Warhol], and Keith [Haring], and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Burgoyne and the whole coming up as an artist in Manhattan, downtown, Lower East Side in the early '80s.

“Honestly, [it's] one of the best times of my life, and one of the worst times. I hope I can portray or express what a thrilling time that was for me in every way.”

The film, from Universal Pictures, will be produced by former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, who first worked with Madonna on 1992 sports drama film A League Of Their Own.

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Pascal described the upcoming biopic as “an absolute labour of love for me”.

Musical biopics have become hot properties in Hollywood in recent years, with successes including the Queen-inspired Bohemian Rhapsody and Sir Elton John’s Rocketman.

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However, it is unusual for the subject of the film to also sit in the director’s chair. Madonna has previously directed two films – 2008 comedy drama Filth And Wisdom and 2011 historical romance W.E.

Her acting credits include Desperately Seeking Susan, Evita and Dick Tracy.

Known for her frequent reinventions, the Michigan-born star is considered one of the most influential pop culture figures of recent times.

She has sold more than 300 million records around the world and is reportedly the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time.