A London drive-in is replaying epic ’80s concerts by Madonna, Bowie and Prince

If 2020 is all getting a bit much for you, now’s your chance to go back in time a few decades.

An ’80s-themed drive-in show is coming to London where you can watch concerts from Madonna, David Bowie, Stevie Nicks and Prince.

Deezer’s ’80s Drive In will be popping up for one day only on Wednesday October 7 at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water in Edmonton. 

The concert footage is straight out of the ’80s archives and includes Madonna’s 1985 ‘The Virgin Tour’, Prince’s 1987 ‘Sign o’ the Times’, Stevie Nicks’s 1987 ‘Live at Red Rocks’ and David Bowie’s 1988 ‘Glass Spider’.

Obviously, to get the true drive-in experience you’ll need a car, but if you don’t have one, you can book a car-free bay and set up camp in a group of five friends – you’ll just need to bring your own chairs, an FM radio to tune in and, er, maybe a blanket?

There will be food on offer too, at ’80s prices, which includes popcorn and a soft drink for 90p and a burger and a soft drink for 70p.

Tickets are £15 per car or car-free bay and all profits from the event will go to Help Musicians, a charity which offers financial and mental health support for struggling artists.

Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged. Better start backcombing your hair now – or drive there with the windows down.

Deezer’s ’80s Drive In is on Oct 7. £15. Book tickets here.

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Smells Like Madonna Spirit: Madame X Perfume On The Way

If you’ve run out of your bottle of Truth or Dare, good news. Madonna is prepping a new eau de parfum inspired by her Madame X album/character. A year after the singer released Madame X, Madonna announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) that the fragrance is “coming soon.”

No other information was available on the perfume at press time, so for now all we know is that it comes in a square bottle and that it has Madame X in bold font on the front. One person who does know a bit more about it, though, is screenwriter Diablo Cody, who got a sneak peek at the “sexy, minimalist” bottle in an unboxing video Madonna shared from the pair’s ongoing writing sessions for her upcoming biopic.

“I think personally that it’s a little strong when you first put it on, but then 30 minutes into exchanging chemistry with you skin it evaporates, the heaviness of it, and it’s quite nice,” Madonna explains as Cody takes three big shots of the perfume and dubs it “amazing!”

The pair then digress into a conversation about tattoos, with Cody asking Madonna if she has any or would ever get one. “I just never thought of anything I wanted so badly to have it written on me forever,” she says. And then, for no apparent reason, Madonna belts just a bit of the Human League’s 1981 hit “Don’t You Want Me” after trying to figure out if 13 hot tamales is too many to hold in one hand.

Madonna has been holed up during the pandemic working on the screenplay for her life story with Oscar-winning Juno writer Cody, with the pair teasing out glimpses of their sessions, with the singer recently confirming that they’ve written 107 pages so far for what will likely be a two-hour film.

“It’s kind of like a form of therapy. And sometimes I get confused and forget that I’m writing about me, and I start to refer to me as ‘she.’ That’s a bit weird,” Madonna, 62 said during a recent hour-long IG Live about the writing marathon. “The focus is really about my struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman, and really just the journey, which has been happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly.”

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Nile Rodgers Tells Apple Music About Working With Madonna…

Nile: She was wonderful. Man, it’s so interesting for me to look at the Madonna that we see in today’s world and compare her to the Madonna that I met in my world, because the Madonna from my world was playing what we used to call electro modern, it was called the same style of music had three names. It was called Latin hip hop or electro, like when she did things like everybody dancing, singing, and it was like Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam kind of vibe, where you dance the waybill. And so that was Madonna’s thing. And when she came to me with her original demos and they were all electronic, they were … I said to her, I said, “Madonna.” This is word for word, the conversation. She said to me, “Nile, these are the songs that are going to be on my next album, and if you don’t love them, you can’t produce me.” So I listened to all the songs down and I said, “Well, Madonna, I don’t love them all, but here’s the truth. By the time I finish with them, I will love them.” And I guess I didn’t get fired, so she went along with it…

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10 Of the Most Expensive Music Videos Ever Made (& How Much They Cost)

5) Bedtime Story By Madonna Production Cost: $5,000,000

Madonna entered the limelight in the early 80s and by the mid-80s she had already started causing waves for being sassy and confident. Well, her sassiness paid off as she is popularly referred to as the queen of pop.

Madonna has never been average and she proved that by having one of the most expensive music videos in the 90s. With a production cost of $5,000,000, the video acted as promotional for her album which eventually paid off

4) Express Yourself By Madonna Production Cost: $5,000,000

Thirty years later after its production, this music video is one of the most talked-about music videos in the industry. At the time,1989, the world had not yet embraced the freedom of expression and this contributed to Madonna’s music being heavily criticized due to its provocative nature.

Despite the heavy criticism from conservative Americans, Madonna was highly praised for flipping gender norms and being a voice for female empowerment

2) Die Another Day By Madonna Production Cost: $6,000,000

Madonna has always been extra which contributes to her unending charm and it’s no surprise that she spent a whopping $6,000,000 in one of her music videos. Madonna never spares any expense when producing any of her music videos but with the Die Another Day music video she went all out.

The song was inspired by the James Bond franchise and special effects had to be used in the music video to convey realism.

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Madonna’s ‘Music’: Looking Back At The Classic Album 20 Years On

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It’s been 20 years since Madonna released her ‘Music’ album. Decked as a cowgirl on the album cover, ‘Music’ is an eclectic group of tracks that gave us electro-clash, funky r&b, trippy dub and a cover of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ bolted on to the end.

Coming two years after her critically acclaimed ‘Ray of Light’ album, Madonna launched the ‘Music’ era with the title track of the album. A tribute to music bringing everyone together, the track itself mixes funk, R&B and electro to make an irresistible dancefloor classic. It sounded fresh, yet familiar at the same time. Madonna even got outrageous comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to bring his controversial Ali G character as her limo driver in the video. Let’s remind ourselves of the video below:

The track shot straight to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart giving her an amazing 10th No.1 (she remains the female artist with the most UK Number 1 singles today with 13). Madonna co-wrote the track with French record producer and songwriter Mirwais who also worked on several other tracks on the album. It was the start of a winning partnership and she has gone on to work with Mirwais on further studio albums ‘American Life’, ‘Confessions on a Dancefloor’ and her latest masterpiece ‘Madame X’. His unique vocal-chopping and effects played strongly into created the electroclash sound of the album. Perhaps this is most apparent on track two of the Music album, Impressive Instant. This track is definitely a highlight for me and contains the hooky lyric ‘I like to singy, singy, singy. Like a bird on a wingy, wingy, wingy.’ Not many artists could get away with that but Madonna and Mirwais pull that off with aplomb.

The album followed the title track to Number 1 on the UK charts at the end of September 2000, spending two weeks at the summit and staying in the Top 100 for a whole year (in total it’s had 73 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 100). A second official single was released in the form of the more mellow ‘Don’t Tell Me’, in December 2000.

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Some material, girl: the iconic Madonna moments that deserve a spot in her biopic

From the legendary Blonde Ambition tour, to her infamous dislike of hydrangeas and the colour orange – here’s what should make the cut

Where on earth do you begin with a pop icon like Madonna – a star who has repeatedly reinvented herself, and changed the shape of music in the process? It’s a task that the Queen of Pop herself has taken on: she’s set to direct a new biopic about her life, with screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) also on board.

Her direct involvement may not be the most terrible idea: Madonna is an artist who maintains fierce and uncompromising control over her image, and plus, she’s not afraid of painting herself in a less flattering light. Her 1991 documentary Truth or Dare shows her making gagging gestures at Kevin Costner, and when playing London at the start of this year, Madonna showed that she’s more than capable of taking the piss out of herself.

Still, with four decades of boundary-pushing to draw from – rich with scandal and hilarity – which chapters of the Madonna story deserve a look-in? Here are a few suggestions.

The Dunkin’ Doughnuts days

Legend has it that, pre-fame, Madonna headed to the hazy lights of New York City with $35 in her pocket – after a taxi driver dropped her off in the centre of town, she nabbed a job at the Times Square branch of coffee and doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts to pay her way. Madonna’s first gig didn’t last long; she was reportedly fired for squirting jam all over a customer. After a stint working in the cloakrooms at swanky restaurant The Russian Tea Room, she soon traded it all in for drumming in The Breakfast Club, playing infamous punk dive CBGB, and fronting a scrappy punk band called Emmy and the Emmys. Soon, she began frequenting the city’s disco destination Studio 54 – and Madonna the solo artist was born.

The Blonde Ambition carry-on

Few artists have angered entire religions and nations with their provocative work – but touring her fourth studio album ‘Like A Prayer’, Madge was singled out by Conservative Pepsi drinkers, Canadian police and the Catholic pope. The latter declared that her concert was “one of the most satanic shows in the history of humanity”. Presumably he wasn’t all too fond of the artist’s taste for crotch-grabbing and Jean Paul Gaultier-designed conical bras.

After originally agreeing to sponsor the Blonde Ambition tour, Pepsi pulled the deal after Madonna’s music video for ‘Like A Prayer’ sparked outrage with its subversive church imagery, and when the live run reached Toronto, police threatened to arrest the singer if she went ahead with a segment which involved simulating masturbation on a velvet bed. The controversy only pushed the boundary-pushing star further. “Do you think that I deserve to be arrested?” she asked, on stage. “I hope so”.

Her unlikely bond with Letterman

Madonna and David Letterman go way back; when Madonna injured herself in 2002 after falling from her horse, the US telly host had two sent to her home – and then the pair went for a trot around New York City to get her back out riding. It’s a bond that goes back to 1994 – when Madge gave one of the sweariest appearances of all time on the Late Show. “Why are you so obsessed with my sex life,” she challenges him within moments, before refusing to play ball, and requiring a full thirteen sweary bleeps. “You are a sick fuck! I don’t know why I get so much shit.” Shortly after this, she presented Letterman with a pair of her pants, and ordered him to smell them.

Where so many pop stars are media trained within an inch of their life, and won’t dare put a foot out of line, Madonna didn’t give a shit – calling out the media’s fascination with her, and taking the conversation in a surreal direction whenever she could. The perfect foe for Letterman.

Armani cape-gate 

As with most evenings that don’t feature Madonna, the majority of the 2015 BRIT Awards ceremony was a fairly lacklustre affair; with two predictable big prizes for Ed Sheeran, and little in the way of drama. But at the very end of the night, a demonic performance of ‘Living For Love’ (from Madge’s new-at-the-time album ‘Rebel Heart’) was derailed by a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions. A dancer tried to deftly snatch a lace cloak away from Madonna, but instead they accidentally pulled her backwards down the stairs. The Queen of pop was back on her feet in moments with minor whiplash, and assured fans that she was fine. Her Armani cape, she posted, was just “tied too tight”.

“Madonna, as we know, is very difficult,” the designer retorted, as reported by The New York Post. “This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn’t able to open it with her hands. That’s all there is to it.”

“I absolutely loathe hydrangeas” 

Over the years, Madge has been vocal about her incredibly specific likes and dislikes. On the positive side, she’s really into plucking her eyebrows, and said in a Reddit AMA that the best present she’s ever received is a “penis shaped bong”. On the flipside, she apparently hates the colour orange, and accidentally revealed (thanks to a microphone which was still switched on) that she “absolutely loathe[s] hydrangeas”. Remarkably ahead of her time in that regard Madonna also hates sitting in unventilated rooms. “I have a problem with the fact that there is no air in here and I’m going to die,” she announced dramatically during one now-notorious interview. “Give me a fan!” Eventually, she accepts a journalist’s offer, and uses their sheet of questions to cool down.

All the staged snogs

In case it wasn’t clear by now, Madonna thrives when she’s courting controversy. And at the 2003 VMA awards, an unexpressed Avril Lavigne, a near-hysterical Snoop Dogg, a nonplussed Beyonce and a slightly-too-into-it Justin Timberlake looked on as she kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera onstage during a performance of ‘Hollywood’. She didn’t care for the sensationalisation that followed. “I love to fuck with people,” Madonna told The Advocate during a sprawling and candid interview just over a decade previously. “Just as people have preconceived notions about gay men, they certainly do about gay women. So if I could be some sort of a detonator to that bomb, then I was willing to do that. It was really fun.” 12 years later, an on-stage snog at Coachella with the rapper Drake didn’t go quite so smoothly.

An extended family reunion

For some reason, Madonna has a truly boggling selection of distant relatives – if the biopic doesn’t work out, she’d be ideal for an appearance on biographical telly show This Is Your Life. In the past, genealogists have claimed that she’s a distant cousin of [deep breath] Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani,  Justin Trudeau, Hillary Clinton, and, most bizarrely, Camilla Parker Bowles. Admittedly it sounds like the guestlist to the most chaotic dinner party of all time – and presents a few ideas for when casting time comes around.

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Music Makes The People Come Together: 20 Years Of Madonna’s ‘Music’

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Express yourself: why Madonna wants to tell her own life story

 

Now just turned 62, she is feeling reflective and ready to tell it, with a promising team of women behind her. Producer Amy Pascal for instance, whose credits include Oscar-nominated The Post and Little Women, and Donna Langley, chairperson of Universal Pictures and a key mentor for women in the film industry, who says that the biopic will present “the unvarnished story” of Madonna’s struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world.

Madonna also has a gifted co-writer in Diablo Cody (JunoYoung Adult). All the ingredients are there for a strong, female-driven feminist film about Madonna’s place at the centre of the 1980s pop industry, but recent posts on Twitter suggest she is having problems knuckling down.

Since August, she has posted regular updates of scriptwriting sessions with Cody – or rather Madonna lolls around on a gigantic white sofa cracking jokes while Cody sits with her laptop looking partly bemused, partly exasperated. Every so often Madonna asks key questions – “do we want to freak people out or be more accessible?”, “will the studios love it?” And perhaps the most pressing issue of all, “it’s going to be very challenging to cast this”.

Madonna’s nervousness is understandable – making a biopic about one’s life is a risky business. How much of her “unvarnished truth” is palatable, and how far is she prepared to go?

Biopics are an excellent way to sell an artist’s back catalogue, but if they are to be anything more than a sanitised jukebox musical, they need to capture the musician’s struggle and the essence of the scene that created them. Elton John was involved with Rocket Man, the 2019 biopic about his early years, and fought hard for the drugs references and gay male sex scenes to be included, saying:“I haven’t led a PG-13 life.”

The movie was well-received, but John kept his distance during filming (“I felt it would be uncomfortable for everyone to have the person the film was about lurking around,” he said). Tina Turner, likewise, rarely came to the set of What’s Love Got To Do With It, the 1993 biopic about her life starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, but afterwards felt ambivalent, saying she had been portrayed as a victim.

Madonna, by contrast, is doing the opposite. It has always been important for her to control her career and her mediation, and there is an autobiographical thread throughout her songwriting, so it’s not surprising that she wants to direct her own biopic. She also has directing experience, albeit with the mixed results of 2008’s Filth and Wisdom, and the 2011 historical drama WE. The challenge for her will be in letting go. Film-maker Carney James Turner recalls shooting an interview with her in 2014 for MTV Europe, saying she wanted to control everything – “the framing, her makeup, her facial expressions, the lighting. She’s a very strong lady with meticulous attention to detail. I’ve never encountered that before, not even with the Queen, who I shot at Buckingham Palace for a Duke of Edinburgh charity. The Queen was laidback compared to Madonna. It will be great if Madonna can trust the editorial process and the people around her, and let things run free.”

Another challenge for Madonna will be in choosing the stories she wants to tell, and how much of the chaotic energy and vulnerability of her early life she needs to portray. Then, as a director, how much freedom she will give the actress playing her. Fans will want to see the struggles and disappointments, and how Madonna found the strength to overcome those lousy moments.

In her famous 2016 Billboard Woman of The Year award speech, she anticipated the MeToo campaign by saying, face pale and eyes full of pain: “I stand before you as a doormat.” She spoke about being raped on a rooftop not long after she moved to New York, and of “constant bullying and relentless abuse” throughout her 30-year career, particularly after the publication of her erotic Sex book in 1992. “I was called a ‘whore’ and a ‘witch’. This was the first time I truly understood that women really do not have the same freedom as men,” she said.

Madonna sees herself as a survivor, as an artist who is here to “disturb the peace”. Some of her strongest work rides that faultline of artistic tension and commerce, particularly in her live shows, where past hits are reimagined with imaginative critique. One of her most powerful pieces was the X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS installation she created with photographer Steven Klein at the Deitch Projects in New York in 2003. It features film of an inspired moment of deconstruction. A pristine white wedding dress, like the one in her Like a Virgin video, sits on a tailor’s dummy. The dress is set alight and gradually devoured by flames, until there is nothing left but charred, blackened fragments of lace. Copyright on the entire exhibit was credited to Boy Toy Inc, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 80s persona that she cheerfully destroyed.

I’m not suggesting that Madonna’s biopic will be as confrontational, but if she allows herself, she could create something surprising. That is, if she lets the elemental truth of that “untold story” resonate and fully emerge. That will require some nerve.

Lucy O’Brien is the author of Madonna: Like An Icon

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Madonna’s biopic will recount her terrifying rape at knifepoint at age of 20 (Sunday Mirror cover)

Madonna’s biopic will recount her terrifying rape at knifepoint at age of 20

EXCLUSIVE Madge, 62, will recount deeply personal and painful experiences including how, aged just five, she dealt with the death of her mother

With uncharacteristic understatement, Madonna tells fans awaiting her movie biopic: My life has been a rollercoaster.

The Queen of Pop invites them to prepare for an “incredible journey”.

We might – no, make that we will – need to fasten our seatbelts.

The highs are plenty. An amazing 40 years of chart-topping, tour-smashing, movie-making pushing of boundaries.

The lows are memorable, too, often for the darkest of reasons.

And we can reveal how the superstar will recount deeply personal and painful experiences – including the harrowing moment she was raped at knifepoint at the age of 20.

Madge, now 62, is also set to expose the ruthless, male-dominated music industry.

And the movie will reveal how, aged just five, she dealt with the death of her mother.

One friend said looking back on her life has seen the singer purge some demons.

The friend said: “Madonna has had one hell of a career. She has had a lot of highs, but she has also had a lot of crippling lows.

“She lost her mother to cancer when she was just five, something a child never gets over. But she turned her loss and pain into a creative force to be reckoned with.

“There will be some shockers, as that is just part of her DNA. This has been an incredibly cathartic process for Madonna.

“She is uncovering memories that have long been left dormant. She has done and achieved so much, so to have this time to reflect has been quite magical.”

For a month, Madonna has been trawling over cornerstone moments of her early life.

She told her fans: “I keep forgetting that I’m writing about myself… I can’t make s*** up! But in fact I don’t need to. The truth will set you free and also be devastating!”

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Music Turns 20

“This is the future of sound.” This was Madonna, talking to Billboard in August of 2000. She was describing the French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï, her main collaborator on her new album Music — and, by extension, she was describing her new album itself. Madonna has a long history of making imperious and slightly ridiculous statements, and this one certainly seems like it belongs on the list. But she wasn’t exactly wrong.

Music, an album that will turn 20 tomorrow, anticipated a lot of things: Thudding big-room electro-house, aggressive vocal manipulation, ecstatic lyrical meaninglessness, acoustic guitars chopped up and refracted into unrecognizable shapes, joyous hedonism, robot voices, the half-ironic embrace of cowboy kitsch. Madonna didn’t invent any of these things, but most of them had been just about absent from mainstream pop music around the turn of the millennium. Madonna dove giddily into all of them, and many of those decisions would prove prescient. Looking back at the past 20 years of pop music, you will see a whole lot of Music. Maybe this stuff wasn’t the future of sound, but it was the future of something.

Music followed just two years after Madonna reinvented herself as a spiritual dance-music mystic on Ray Of Light, an album that at least gestured toward singer-songwriter profundity. Madonna had just become a mother and gotten interested in things like Kabbalah and Hinduism, and she sought to actively move past the plastic excess of her ’80s roots, working with the English producer William Orbit to find something softer and deeper. This was a canny move in a career full of them; Ray Of Light was a tremendous success. But two years later, Madonna made another hard pivot away from that, and her decision would prove just as canny.

Madonna had played around with the idea of touring behind Ray Of Light. Instead, she acted — first taking a role in Wes Craven’s Music Of The Heart, then dropping out of that and starring instead in the mostly-forgotten 2000 romance The Next Big Thing. Along the way, she got pregnant once again, and she spent her pregnancy working on a new LP. Madonna’s son Rocco was born a month before Music came out; she was five months pregnant when she shot the video for “Music,” the most recent of her 12 #1 hits. (Rocco’s father was Madonna’s future ex-husband, the British crime-caper filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Later on, Ritchie would direct Madonna in her “What It Feels Like For A Girl” video and in the disastrous 2002 flop Swept Away.)

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Madame X Tour illustrations

Originally posted by @stufishstudio:

On this day last year 17th September 2019 @Madonna opened her #madamex #madamextour @bam_brooklyn. Here are some of the illustrations created to explore the constantly evolving formations of the stage set. This Escher-Esque sculpture of staircases and levels was choreographed to make different worlds that were projection mapped, to allow the artists to tell the story of the many personas and worlds of Madame X. #stufishstudio #entertainmentarchitecture #productiondesign #projectionmapping

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Madame X Tour kicked off one year ago today!

Madonna kicked off her Madame X Tour at the BAM in New York one year ago today! 

For the first time ever Madonna performed her live show in a theater setting instead of the usual arena’s or stadiums. The show received mostly positive reviews and most attendees called it an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately not everything went as planned as Madonna ended up injured which caused for various postponements, cancellations and late starts. 

In the end the Madame X Tour was cut short by two nights due to Covid-19 while in Paris.

To read a personal report on the tour click HERE

Click HERE for our dedicated Madame X Tour page

Madonna recently confirmed in her Instagram live video that they have just started to edit the Madame X Tour DVD (which was filmed in Lisbon.) Unfortunately things have been delayed due to the ongoing situation in the world right now.

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES ANNOUNCES FILM BASED ON THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF MADONNA, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY THE ARTIST HERSELF

Madonna is Co-Writing the Original Screenplay with Academy Award® Winner Diablo Cody, and the Project will be Produced by Three-Time Academy Award® Nominee Amy Pascal

 

Richard Corman

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA—September 15, 2020—Universal Pictures today announced that the studio is developing an ALL-NEW untitled project based on one of the world’s most influential icons, Madonna, who over an indelible five-decade career has had a groundbreaking impact as a musician, actress, director, author and entrepreneur who informs every aspect of global culture, transforming our understanding of art, sexuality, feminism and the role of women in entertainment.

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Madonna will direct the project and is co-writing the script with Academy Award® winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). Three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Pascal (Little Women, The Post, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the Academy Award®-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), will produce for her Universal-based Pascal Pictures alongside Madonna. Sara Zambreno and Guy Oseary will executive produce.

“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. “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.”

“Madonna is the ultimate icon, humanitarian, artist and rebel. 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,” said Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “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.”

“This movie is an absolute labor of love for me,” said Amy 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.”

Madonna is a multi-award-winning artist, activist and humanitarian. Certified the best-selling female music artist in history, she has sold 335 million records worldwide and remains the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Madonna remains one of the most awarded and critically acclaimed artists in history, with 658 prominent global award nominations and 225 wins. She has graced more than 4,700 coveted magazine covers worldwide. Generations of world class artists celebrate her influence on their lives, work and personal style.

Equally admired for her activism, Madonna is a freedom fighter and voice for the disenfranchised, fighting for LGBTQ rights, speaking out for gender equality and supporting orphans and vulnerable children through her non-profit organization, Raising Malawi.

Madonna’s success on the big screen includes starring roles in films Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992) and Evita (1996), which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Madonna’s 1991 cult-classic Truth or Dare was the No. 1 grossing documentary from 1991 through 2002. In 2011, Madonna made her theatrical directorial debut with the British historical romantic drama film she also co-wrote, W./E. She has also directed short films including Filth & Wisdom, SecretProjectRevolution along with Steven Klein, and created and produced the documentary I Am Because We Are about the children of Malawi.

Diablo Cody is the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of Juno. She also wrote and produced Jennifer’s Body, starring Megan Fox; Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron; Ricki and the Flash, starring Meryl Streep; and most recently Tully, with Charlize Theron. Cody created the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series United States of Tara with Steven Spielberg, which ran for three seasons on Showtime, as well as One Mississippi for Amazon with Tig Notaro.

Senior Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick, and Cody is represented by WME, MXN Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.

About Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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