Music biopics were all the rage the past couple of years ago, with 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody and 2019’s Rocketman and Judy. So it makes perfect sense that Madonna is jumping on that bandwagon, albeit slightly after the trend has peaked.
The singer recently announced that she’s busy working with famed screenwriter Diablo Cody on a movie script about her life. Now, The Wrap reports that the untitled project has landed at Universal. Not only that, but Madonna herself is set to direct.
So far, all of this feels very on brand. And we love it.
“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 singer said in a statement. “The focus of this film will always be music.”
She added, “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 roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”
Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, and her long-time tour documentary producer Sara Zambreno will serve as executive producers on the film.
During an Instagram Live session last week, Madonna said the film will chronicle her life coming up as an artist in 1980’s New York and her friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Martin Burgoyne.
She said it also will touch on defining moments from her musical career, including scenes of her writing “Like a Prayer” and filming the notorious music video, as well as her time filming Evita and her strained relationship with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Fans seem to have mixed reactions to the singer co-writing and directing her own biopic. Here’s what they are saying…
Have seen some eyerolling in my feed about Madonna directing her own biopic, to which I can only say: are you out of your fucking minds?
The most interesting – not the best, the most *interesting* – version of a Madonna biopic is absolutely Madonna directing her own biopic.
— Scott Wampler (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 15, 2020
Madonna directing her own biopic is an incredibly vain thing to do, but I’m also kind of here for it? Seems like the most Madonna thing imaginable to do. She showed some flair for directing during W.E. (which got an Oscar nom), and she’s got a good writer on board.
— Will Mavity (@mavericksmovies) September 15, 2020
love her but pic.twitter.com/Z7cxFvNRzq
— Ryan W. Heath (@RyanWHeath) September 15, 2020
A Queen doing Queen things.
— michael epps (@michael_epps) September 15, 2020
It’s definitely gonna end with Madonna triumphantly directing the Madonna biopic.
— Jon Blyan (@jonblyan) September 15, 2020
Madonna has been increasingly Not Ok on here lately, but i am 100% down for her helming her own biopic with Diablo Cody, are you fucking kidding me? inject it into my veins already.
— jawn of the dead (@lucyswope) September 15, 2020
How extensively do we think Candy Shop will feature in the Madonna biopic
— Joel Freeman (@JoelJFreeman) September 15, 2020
Usually other people do that while the subject of the biopic consults to avoid bias.
If the actual person co-writes and directs any one of their flaws will be dismissed and it’ll just become an ego project.
Hopefully I’m wrong tho.
— Don’t delete Flappy Bird (@PodioPol) September 15, 2020
Love Madonna, but directing your own biopic should be outlawed.
— Jack Nix (@jackmnix) September 15, 2020
Now, to be clear, I don’t think it’s wise for Madonna to direct her own biopic, but I’ll take what I can get.
— Dorian Hunter Davis PhD (@DorianDavis) September 15, 2020
Taking narcissism to a whole new level.
— Rikard Rodin (@zevendesign) September 15, 2020
No one will remember Rocketman in 10 years, but we absolutely will still be watching the Madonna biopic directed by Madonna
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) September 15, 2020
No word yet on who will play Madonna in the film or when it might be released, but here’s hoping it’s better than that other Madonna biopic.