The Madonna biopic starring Julia Garner has been shelved indefinitely as the Queen Of Pop prepares to go on a world tour.
Madonna, 64, was planning to direct the motion picture herself for Universal Pictures, but Variety reports the film is not in development any longer.
News that the biopic is off comes a week after the ‘Queen Of Pop’ announced a massive world tour, casting doubt on the future of the movie.
Off: The upcoming Madonna (left) biopic starring Julia Garner (right) has been indefinitely shelved as the Queen Of Pop prepares to go on a world tour
Sources say she still wants to make the movie at some point in the future, but is currently devoting her attention to her upcoming run of concerts.
Madonna spent years percolating the movie, which was first announced in 2020 and has blown through multiple screenwriters.
Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for scripting Juno, and Erin Cressida Wilson, who wrote the film Secretary, both took passes at Madonna’s screenplay.
‘I have a very long script that is really hard for me to make shorter,’ Madonna said last summer. ‘I’ve been whittling away at it, but it’s like hacking off my limbs.’
Gratitude: News that the biopic is off comes a week after the ‘Queen Of Pop’ announced a massive world tour; she is pictured on Instagram last week thanking fans for lapping up tickets
Asked why she decided to embark on the undertaking, she told Variety: ‘I’ve had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film.’
The Material Girl added: ‘It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me. Mostly misogynistic men. So I put my foot in the door and said: “No one’s going to tell my story, but me.”‘
News broke in June that Julia Garner, who recently played the fake German heiress Anna Delvey on the Netflix miniseries Inventing Anna, had been offered the lead.
Julia reportedly beat out out a string of buzzy names including Oscar nominee Florence Pugh, Mayor Of Kingstown actress Emma Laird and Euphoria bombshell Alexa Demie, as well as singers like Bebe Rexha and Sky Ferreira.
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The top contenders were said to have gone through a ‘Madonna Bootcamp’ including dance training that could allegedly run up to 11 hours a day.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the process, which involved lessons with both Madonna’s choreographer and the pop diva herself, was ‘grueling.’
Actresses on the shortlist also performed readings and singing auditions for Madonna, as, in the words of one insider: ‘You have to be able to do everything.’
It emerged in early June that Julia had been offered the role, and reports swirled that the project’s working title was Little Sparrow.
On the go: It emerged in early June that Julia had been offered the role, and reports swirled that the project’s working title was Little Sparrow; she is pictured in July
However the movie fell under a cloud of uncertainty last week when Madonna revealed that she was putting together a world tour.
Entitled Celebration, the concert dates will run from June through December and whisk the superstar through 35 cities across North America and Europe.
The demand for tickets rapidly became a feeding frenzy, to the point the Like A Prayer hitmaker was forced to add dates to accommodate her ravenous fans.
Julia reportedly beat out out a string of buzzy names including Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (left), and blonde pop act Bebe Rexha (right)
Madonna, sporting an astonishingly smooth complexion, posted an emotional Instagram video Sunday thanking her public for lapping up the tickets.
‘I don’t take any of this for granted,’ she said. ‘I feel like the luckiest girl in the world and I’m so grateful for all of your support.’
A few years ago Universal picked up a script for a Madonna biopic called Blonde Ambition by a writer called Elyse Hollander.
Hit the road: However the movie fell under a cloud of uncertainty last week when Madonna, pictured in 2018, revealed that she was putting together a world tour
Madonna, however, took furious exception to the project, issuing multiple scathing denunciations of it on social media.
She raged that ‘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 has previously directed two widely derided feature films, the biopic W/E about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and the dramedy Filth And Wisdom.