Yesterday, it was reported that Universal Studios picked up the rights to the screenplay Blond Ambition, a biopic about Madonna’s rise to fame. Well, the singer has responded with her thoughts, feelings and concerns and she is not opening her heart up to the idea.
Last year, the Blond Ambition screenplay was number one on The Black List, an annual list of the most-liked screenplays in Hollywood that have not been produced. Written by Elyse Hollander, it chronicles Madonna’s struggles in early 80s’ New York to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance and a music industry that views women as disposable.
Hollywood Reporter writes: “Michael De Luca, who produced Fifty Shades of Grey for Universal, is attached to produce along with Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions also will produce.”
Universal also produced the 2015 biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The story about Ice Cube and Dr. Dre’s N.W.A., was both a critical and commercial success, earning more than $200 million at the box office.
No word yet on who may be directing or who is being considered to play Madonna Louis Ciccone. We’re hoping the studio is able to secure the rights to her music. As Homorazzi points out, there’s nothing worse than a music biopic without the singer’s catalog.
However, odds right now of that happening are bleak. Madonna has responded to the news and the queen is not having any of this.
Madonna responded to Blond Ambition on Instagram:
Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.
Harsh. Should be interesting to see what happens next. We want to see this get made!Let’s just hope for our sake the next words to come out of Madonna’s mouth aren’t “cease and desist”