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 growth 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 accordance with a Selection report on Tuesday, Common pulled out after Madonna’s announcement of a world tour final week – one which encompasses her total catalogue and bought out its dates in New York, Paris and London inside minutes.
However unnamed insiders instructed 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 function, younger stars – together with Florence Pugh, Euphoria breakout Alexa Demie and the pop musicians Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira – had been thought-about. The Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was as soon as hooked up to pen the screenplay. Cody and Madonna appeared collectively in an Instagram dwell in late 2020, taking part in an unconventional dwell writing session.
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 instructed Selection that Madonna remains to be dedicated to creating the movie, regardless of Common pulling out.
“I need to convey the unimaginable journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, making an attempt to make her approach on this world,” the singer stated in 2020. “There are such a lot of untold and provoking tales and who higher to inform it than me.
“It’s important to share the rollercoaster trip of my life with my voice and imaginative and prescient.”
Madonna has two directing credit to her title: the provocative comedy-drama Filth and Knowledge, and W.E., a time-hopping romance about King Edward VIII.