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Madonna to Direct Her Own Biopic with Script Co-Written by Diablo Cody

Madonna shared the news of a secret new project on Instagram over the weekend.

Honoree Madonna accepts the advocate for change award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)


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Update: Variety confirms Madonna will direct the upcoming biographical drama based on her life for Universal Pictures.

“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,” Madonna 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.”

Update: Madonna confirmed via Instagram Live on September 10 that her collaboration with Diablo Cody is a biopic of her life story. Though still untitled, the project, Madonna said, is in script form. She said that the film isn’t a musical, but will include key musical moments from her career, and will focus on her rise as an artist in the 1980s, and will touch upon her time filming “Evita,” including an uncomfortable encounter with Andrew Lloyd Weber.

“Honestly, [it’s] one of the best times of my life, and one of the worst times. I hope I can portray or express what a thrilling time that was for me in every way,” Madonna said.

Earlier: When life gives you lemons, er, quarantine, it’s best to at least try and make lemonade. That’s what Madonna and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody are currently up to, as the pop star revealed via Instagram on Saturday. The pair appear to be working on a musically centered screenplay, according to the black-and-white video posted on Madge’s account. “When you’re stuck in a house with multiple injuries, what do you do?” she wrote. “Write a screenplay with Diablo Cody about…” and then a bunch of emojis alluding to the script being film- and music-related. Watch the video below.

The screenplay may even be about Madonna herself, as she is seen in the video describing her inimitable and iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier “Blonde Ambition” satin cone-bra look from her 1990 tour. “The garters were over the suit bottoms, right?” Cody asks. “Yeah,” Madonna says. “Straight pin-striped pants sit beneath the corset; it’s cut high-waisted on the leg, the garters come down here, cone bra zipped up the front and then the double-breasted suit coat goes over it.”

Madonna has previously written a few screenplays in her day, including for 2011’s “W.E.,” which she also directed. The period romance starring Andrea Riseborough earned the writer/director a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination. Madonna also co-wrote and directed 2005’s “Filth and Wisdom.” She also had starring roles in films like “Evita,” “Dick Tracy,” “The Next Best Thing,” and her ex-husband Guy Ritchie’s misbegotten “Swept Away.”

Diablo Cody, meanwhile, won her Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 2007’s “Juno,” directed by Jason Reitman, who also helmed her scripts for “Young Adult” and, most recently, “Tully.”  Cody also wrote the films “Ricki and the Flash” and “Jennifer’s Body,” co-created the series “One Mississippi” with Tig Notaro, and created “United States of Tara” starring Toni Collette as a woman grappling with multiple personalities.

Here’s the video of Cody and Madonna discussing their mysterious new project.

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