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Cinematic selfie: Madonna will direct and co-write her own biopic

The film will convey 'the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer', the star says

Madonna will direct a biopic about herself for Universal Pictures. AP File
Madonna will direct a biopic about herself for Universal Pictures. AP File

A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director – Madonna herself.

Universal Pictures has announced that the studio is developing an untitled film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write alongside Juno writer Diablo Cody.

It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision

Madonna

Madonna said she wants the film 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.”

“The focus of this film will always be music," Madonna said in a statement. "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.”

The film will be produced by Amy Pascal, the former Sony Pictures chief who produced 1992’s A League of their Own, which Madonna starred in.

“This movie is an absolute labour of love for me,” said Pascal. “I have known Madonna since we made A League of Their Own together, and I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen with Donna Langley and our partners at Universal.”

Madonna, 62, previously directed the 2008 British drama Filth and Wisdom and the 2011 period drama W.E., with Abbie Corning and Andrea Riseborough.

Madonna, whose last album was 2019's Madame X, has sold 335 million records worldwide in her career.

She joins the likes of Freddie Mercury and Elton John in becoming the subject of Hollywood blockbusters in recent years.

Take a look at Madonna's style evolution through the years:

Updated: September 16, 2020 08:17 AM

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