Madonna Is Directing and Co-writing a Biopic About Her Own Life

When it came to creating a Madonna biopic, the legendary singer took matters into her own hands.

The Queen of Pop will direct a film about her life, decades-long career, and journey as an artist. She’ll also co-write the script, with Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Juno, Jennifer’s Body, and Young Adult. She’s producing, too, along with a team that includes Amy Pascal (Little Women, Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Madonna’s decision to helm the film is rare, as Variety pointed out superstar biopic subjects are usually only tangentially involved in the project, or serve as creative consultants. (Think Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody or Elton John with Rocketman.) But for the “Holiday” singer, it was important that she be integral in telling her own story for the screen.

“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,” she said in a statement. “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 roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.”

Madonna has played filmmaker before, having directed the 2011 royal drama W.E. about Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII’s romance, and 2008’s Filth and Wisdom about three struggling bohemian flatmates in London.

The release date for her untitled biopic, coming from Universal Pictures, is still unknown.

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