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!