The Madonna biopic at Universal Pictures has been scrapped with the studio offering no comment on the reasoning but it is entirely dead and no longer in development according to Indiewire.
The cancellation comes hot on the heels of an announcement by the singer that she’ll be setting off on a 35-city global tour, referred to as The Celebration Tour, on July 15th covering North America and Europe throughout the second half of the year.
Madonna was to have directed the biopic on her own life and career and co-wrote the script with Diablo Cody (“Juno”) and Erin Cressida Wilson (“The Girl on the Train”). Amy Pascal was to produce.
The collapse of the film comes after the project subjected multiple actresses to an intense singing and dancing boot camp before ultimately deciding on “Ozark” and “Inventing Anna” star Julia Garner to take on the title role.
The project was first announced back in 2020 but stalled in development last year. Variety adds that the “Like a Virgin” and “Ray of Light” singer still desires to make a movie about her life someday.
Madonna previously directed “Filth and Wisdom” and “W.E.” and in previous talk of her biopic indicated early drafts of the script ended around the time of her famed 1990 Blond Ambition tour which was still a rather early point in her career.