Thursday, May 23, 2024

Madonna Movie Cancelled at Universal Pictures Says Report, But We Kinda Knew, That Didn’t We?


The Madonna movie ain’t happening.

Variety says Universal has cancelled the project, which was announced two years ago. The reason given is Madonna’s world tour.

But the tour is just for a few months later this year, so that’s not an excuse. Pre-production could be happening while she’s away. They could also have found a real director instead of Madonna taking it on herself.

The reasons are actually numerous. There’s no screenplay that works. Madonna went through two high profile screenwriters and nothing worked. We can only imagine what went on. There’s Madonna’s alternative facts and the reality of her past, the ups and the downs.

And there’s also the issue of finding someone to play Madonna. She wanted Julia Garner, who told me at the Critics Choice Awards last week that actually had nothing lined up and was turning everything down. Did she ever sign a deal to play the Material mom? No. She told our Leah Sydney that “if the movie ever happens” she’d playing Madonna. I think Julia is lucky to dodge this program.

Meanwhile, Madonna brought her four adopted kids to see the Broadway show “Six” last week. They had a great time– the show’s a hoot. Maybe Madge will wind up producing the movie version. She’s told old to play any of the wives, but she could play Henry the 8th!

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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