Saturday, April 13, 2024

Madonna’s Self Directed Biopic May Be “Frozen” for the Moment, On the “Borderline”


There are rumblings that Madonna’s deal for a self-directed biopic at Universal may be “frozen,” to quote a song title.

Things seem to be on the “Borderline.”

Why is the movie “Hung Up”?

It seems skeptics are predicting that the film, which Madonna has been writing and plans to direct, is simply not coming together.

For instance, there is still no one signed to Madge. She says they put out an offer to Julia Garner, currently nominated for two Emmy Awards. But no deal has ever been made. Frankly, Garner would be wise to stay away from this project.

Then there’s the screenplay. When the movie was first announced, Madonna posted cuddly pictures of herself and Diablo Cody writing the script. But Cody left the project last year was replaced by Erin Cressida Wilson, who may not be around any more either.

Madonna told Variety a few weeks ago that she had a very long screenplay and couldn’t decide what to cut. Frankly, she’d be better off with a mini series unless this movie focuses on one specific incident or time frame.

The singer is currently on the charts with box set of remixed dance hits. A Madonna insider told me: “With Madonna, she could have changed her mind and decided to a new album. You just don’t know.”

Meanwhile, Madonna’s Kabbalah Center cohorts, Michael Berg and his wife, Monica, were on “Good Morning America 3” this afternoon pushing their podcast. The hosts, who are not brain surgeons, failed to ask them about Kabbalah’s finances or how Berg’s father died, or where his mother is, or about stories that point to Kabbalah being a cult.

“GMA3” is subtitled “What You Need to Know” but apparently it’s all about “what you don’t need to know.” Does anyone who works there ever Google the guests’ backgrounds?

PS Madonna is still giving them money– $150,000 on her last tax report for her Ray of Light Foundation. And the Bergs still avoid making any of their IRS paperwork transparent.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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