MADGE DRIVES ME MAD Madonna’s movie biopic thrown into disarray as her writer Diablo Cody quits saying pop star is difficult to work with (unconfirmed)
THERE is more drama going on in getting Madonna’s biopic made than you will see on screen.
I’ve learned that her writer Diablo Cody has quit the project after finding Madge too difficult to work with.
The pair spent weeks together last summer writing the movie, which is expected to take an in-depth look at the early years of her career.
But Diablo — who won an Oscar for screenwriting 2007’s Juno — and Madonna didn’t see eye-to-eye on the final version of the film.
When the Hung Up singer announced the project with Universal Pictures last September, she revealed she would be both co-writing and directing, but now her involvement is threatening to derail it.
She didn’t look too fussed today though, as she posted these photos of herself smoking a suspicious cigarette and snogging her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams.
My movie insider said: “Madonna and Diablo spent weeks working on the screenplay and made good progress.
“But Madonna is understandably very particular about how she wants it to be. She’s a perfectionist and because it is about her life, she is being very careful about how things come across.
“Diablo needed more freedom to be able to make it work and ultimately decided she couldn’t contrib-ute any more.
“Universal Pictures knows it could be a massive earner for them, especially after the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, so are searching for a new writer.
“But Madonna doesn’t need the money and isn’t going to let a movie get made which she doesn’t feel is authentic to her experiences.”
When the film was announced, producer Amy Pascal said: “I can’t imagine anything more thrilling than collaborating with her and Diablo on bringing her true-life story to the big screen.”
However, they are not expected to formally announce her departure until a new writer is on board.
Brit Florence Pugh had been the most recent actress who Madonna was considering to play her, although casting is on hold until a script is ready.
Ozark actress Julia Garner was also in the running, while 13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters had put out a public plea to get the lead.
Whoever it is, they had better be prepared to put up with Madonna’s high standards.
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