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    • ^ Still such a beautiful song. Love the lyrics, melody, vocals, strings, just everything about it is just brilliant.
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        • I think this is going to be a mess movie that will make Madonna look like a narcissist. I hope she's just giving info about her career to the screenwriter and then let her and the producer do their job without being part of it.
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          • Originally posted by DevilPray View Post
            I think this is going to be a mess movie that will make Madonna look like a narcissist. I hope she's just giving info about her career to the screenwriter and then let her and the producer do their job without being part of it.
            Nope, Madonna is definitely writing it herself as a co-writer. Madge probably thinks that screenwriting Oscar is hers for the taking

            In all seriousness, Madonna isn’t stupid and I suspect there’s a lot riding on this being a success. When Madonna needs a win she can generally get one - it’s easy to forget Madame X was only #1 last year in the US (clearly a win) and is the first Madonna album never to have a single chart on the Hot 100.

            Not bad for a 37 year old career in music... especially when you consider there are female popstars struggling with ageism that weren’t even born when she released her first single

            It might not be Bohemian Rhapsody levels of success, but it’s worth noting it took Queen a long time to get that movie right - mostly because Queen were involved and had a singular vision on how the band’s story should be told. They fired plenty of creatives and even Sasha Baron Cohen (originally cast as Freddie) walked off the project because the vision and direction kept changing too much.

            Madonna has probably been plotting her own biop for years. I think it’s key that Madonna herself has been the star of a movie biop - she may not have wrote it, but she studied the hell out of Eva Peron and the script. I don’t know how Madonna could have invested so much into Eva and not considered what her own story would look like, so she brings all of this to the table too.

            Personally I think the movie will be a fairy standard sweep through Madonna’s career as a woman in a male oriented industry. I’m not expecting big revelations or uncomfortable truths - biops work because the audience is already invested in the person and their story and know roughly what they’re getting.

            This movie should restore respect for Madonna and her career if it’s told right, and should be the start of the end of her career - it’s definitely a move into becoming a legacy act and winding down. On paper it’s got all the elements to be a huge success and I imagine a movie studio will have a firm hand on it once they’re happy with the script.




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            • Blue hydrangea, cold cash divine. Cashmere, cologne and white sunshine.
              Red racing cars, sunset and vine. And we were young and pretty.

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              • DEADLINE: Universal Pictures In Deal To Make Definitive Madonna Biopic; Material Girl Is Directing, Co-Writing With Diablo Cody & Producing With Amy Pascal


                Universal Pictures has signed on to be the home for a biopic of iconic singer Madonna, who will direct her own story from a script she is writing with Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Madonna will produce the film with Pascal Pictures’ Amy Pascal. Madonna will not act in the film, but she will lead a search for a young actress who will play her in the formative stages of a disruptor’s career that set the template for all the diva singing stars who’ve followed, from Beyonce to Lady Gaga.

                The film will tell the story of Madonna’s growth into a chart topping juggernaut and style icon with the staying power to become the all-time bestselling female artist — 335 million records worldwide — and the highest grossing solo touring numbers ever. She has been on the cover of more than 4700 magazines through her career. She and Cody have been very open on social media about their progress on the film, and even the other day she suggested the film might be called Live To Tell, a song from the 1986 film At Close Range.

                “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,” said Madonna 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.”

                It is hard to recall another big music biopic directed by its subject, though the surviving members of Queen had a lot of influence on the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody about the band and its late frontman Freddie Mercury, and Elton John was exec producer and his partner David Furnish a producer on Rocketman. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will be exec producers on this, and the film’s ability to avail the vast catalogue of hit songs makes the potential here quite large on a global scale.

                After leaving her Michigan home to move to New York to become a dancer, Madonna instead found her way as a solo singing artist. From the moment she began generating early hits like Like A Virgin, Borderline and Lucky Star, it was clear that Madonna was different from the rest. Her looks, dance moves and provocative persona were a perfect fit for MTV as that network hit stride. She soon found her way into movies, first glimpsed in Vision Quest, and then costarring in Desperately Seeking Susan, which introduced the smash song Into The Groove. She followed with turns in Evita, A League of their Own, Dick Tracy and others, and directed W.E., the 2011 drama that focused on the relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson that led him to abdicate. She directed the short films Filth & Wisdom, SecretProjectRevolution with Steven Klein, and she created/produced the docu I Am Because We Are, about the children of Malawi. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and became a humanitarian in the area of AIDS awareness, LGBTQ rights, speaking out for gender equality, and supporting orphans and vulnerable children through her non-profit organization, Raising Malawi. She has let us behind the curtain a bit in the documentary Truth Or Dare, but she has quite a tale to tell.

                The project was embraced by a couple of strong Hollywood female film industry vets, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Donna Langley, along with Pascal, who spent 30 years at Sony Pictures, most of it as chairman before leaving to make a first look deal at Universal.

                “Madonna is the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel,” said Langley. “With her singular gift of creating art that is as accessible as it is boundary-pushing, she has shaped our culture in a way very few others have. It’s an incredible honor for everyone at Universal to work alongside her, Diablo, and Amy to bring audiences and dedicated fans around the world her unvarnished story for the first time.”

                Pascal most recently produced the Best Picture nominee Little Women, and the Venom and Spider-Man films at Sony Pictures. Cody most recently scripted and produced the Jason Reitman-directed Tully, which starred Charlize Theron.

                “This movie is an absolute labor 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 and our partners at Universal.”

                Senior exec veep of production Erik Baiers and director of development Lexi Barta are overseeing for Universal.

                Madonna is repped by CAA and Maverick, while Cody is WME, MXN Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.
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                • Just came here to post this. So it's going to be theatrical release. She did question whether people would like to see it in the theaters or on streaming in her live the other day. Personally I'm glad it's going to the movies. And I'm kind of glad she's directing it. It will live or die by her own hand at least.
                  I have received many gifts from God,
                  but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
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                  Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                  • Madonna is The most successful and influential female artist of all time.

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                    • Madonna’s not messing - she’s going to make a huge comeback with this

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                      • Really thrilled. This sounds as if they are gonna make sure it's going to be huge.
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                        • Huh she might have heard what you guys said.
                          Madonna is the queen of pop and the biggest selling female music artist of all time!

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                          • Originally posted by autumnwind View Post
                            Huh she might have heard what you guys said.
                            She needs to listen to me more then
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                            • I kinda agree with her. Who would be better to tell the story than herself???
                              I hope she doesnt mess up the movie though.
                              Madonna is the queen of pop and the biggest selling female music artist of all time!

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                              • I love what she said. It's very music oriented. It intrigues me. Untold stories worth waiting.
                                Madonna is the queen of pop and the biggest selling female music artist of all time!

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                                • menime123 nicely said above.

                                  I still have no idea how they will do this in 2 hours, but I'm excited. They were on page 107, 13 years into her start, if the movie starts in 1983.

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                                  • Originally posted by music126 View Post
                                    menime123 nicely said above.

                                    I still have no idea how they will do this in 2 hours, but I'm excited. They were on page 107, 13 years into her start, if the movie starts in 1983.
                                    In terms of scripts, the rule of thumb is one page is roughly one minute on screen, so if it’s 107 pages and only 13 years in, she could end it round COADF possibly?
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                                    • I refuse to watch a Madonna movie that doesn’t cover her Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

                                      Anyways, let’s be real ... she will cover it all up until her 60s and facing ageism ... and might even turn it into a political film in the end. Oh Madge please don’t mess it up
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                                      • Ray of Light seems natural to end it on but its unnaceptable to end on an era that happened 22 years ago. It would be like saying shes done nothing of importance in 2 decades and thats not a good story.

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                                        • I thought Warner Bros. would be the one to make the film but I'm not complaining

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                                          • Maybe in the middle.of the film there is a fast forward with a montage of performances to get to the ending era?? I need to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman to get some idea how this will be done.

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                                            • Originally posted by AndiIversen View Post
                                              I thought Warner Bros. would be the one to make the film but I'm not complaining
                                              Warner bros records is a separate entity from Warner bros pictures.
                                              "Complaining is an advertisement for stupidity"

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                                              • I'm excited to see the movie and I love that she's the one directing.
                                                "Complaining is an advertisement for stupidity"

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                                                • I hope Universal Pictures won't let Madonna turn this into a huge mess My expectations are at its lowest and if it will be a good movie, it'll be a great surprise
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