Madonna’s long-awaited biopic was scrapped in January.
According to Variety, the movie, which the “Vogue” hitmaker planned to direct herself, is no longer in production at Universal Studios.
Rumors over the film’s fate began almost immediately when Madonna said she would go on a world tour, which sold out quickly in locations such as Paris, New York, and London.
Her concentration is now stated to be on the tour, but she is still devoted to creating a film about her life one day.
The biography was supposed to be directed and co-written by the pop legend, but Universal Studios squandered $12 million on it.
It was also stated that famous celebrities like Sydney Sweeney, Florence Pugh, and Julia Garner auditioned for the part.
The “Euphoria” actress, whom Madonna invited to the film’s casting last year, was the first pick.
Sydney eventually lost the job to the “Ozark” actress, but she had the final laugh when the studio canceled the doomed project.
According to an insider who spoke to The Sun, she and her crew “smelled the dumpster burning from a mile away.”
“Beyond some early meetings and chats, Sydney managed to remain free and not get caught in the quicksand of the Madonna movie during the previous two years,” they said.
Sydney was allegedly unsurprised by the news that Madonna’s biography had been canceled by Universal Studios and “dry-docked until Madonna finishes her new tour, at the very least.”
“Unlike Julia and Florence, Sydney and her team recognized this conclusion coming from a long way out, and she did not clear her calendar to make room for training, auditioning for, and filming the film.”
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Sydney and her crew also saw red flags because there was still no final draft of the screenplay in January 2023, before to the cancellation news.
“The simple line is that Sydney did not want to wait for Madonna and her writers to create a script and have the film green-lit.”
The biography was initially announced in 2020, with the casting process characterized as a boot camp, with aspirants drilled with hard 11-hour choreography sessions coached by the “Material Girl” singer.
They also had readings with Madonna as well as further auditions where they had to sing in front of her.
Diablo Cody, the screenwriter of “Juno,” was reportedly signed on to write the script, but he left in 2021after finding Madonna difficult to deal with.
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