Universal Pictures' Madonna Biopic Isn't Moving Forward

Universal Pictures' Madonna Biopic Isn't Moving Forward ...

IndieWire has learned that Madonna's personal biopic, which she planned to co-write and direct at Universal, isn't moving forward at the studio.

Julia Garner was poised to play the "Like a Virgin" vocalist, but speculation that the film might be halted began when Madonna announced a world tour in July, which they would then cancel. The script was originally written by Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Jagged Little Pill," musical), who was revised by Erin Cressida Wilson. After the project was announced, Madonna shared photographs of her writing sessions with Cody.

Garner, well-known for "Inventing Anna" and "Ozark," has been nominated for the role following reports that a group of young stars participated in a boot camp of singing and dancing. Others include Bebe Rexha, Florence Pugh, and Alexa Demie.

Universal had no comment. Madonna and Garner's reps did not reply to a request for assistance.

Madonna still wants to make a film about her life someday, according to Variety, the company that first reported the news.

Amy Pascal worked on the Madonna biopic alongside executive producers Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary, Madonna's long-time manager.

Madonna directed 'Filth and Wisdom' in 2008 and 'W.E.' in 2011, but the film would not focus on the music, but rather "life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, and a dancer, trying to make her way in this world." THR had previously reported that early sketches of the film ended around the time of the 1990 Blond Ambition tour.

Universal at one point flirted with a biopic titled "Blond Ambition" by Elyse Hollander that topped the Black List of the most recommended unproduced screenplays, prompting Madonna to reply by saying, "Only I can tell my story."