WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017 – Madonna is not happy. And that might be an understatement. What has her sharpening her nails is a biopic, the script picked up by Universal Studios, called Blond Ambition, a telling, or according to Madonna, a less than accurate retelling of her early life and career.
“Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???” she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, per The Hollywood Reporter. “The writer Elyse Hollander should write for the tabloids.”
Hollander’s screenplay, which follows a young Madonna struggling “to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposable,” shot to the top of the 2016 Black List, an annual ranking of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays, voted upon by the people who read them (many of them agency and studio assistants/
Michael DeLuca (Fifty Shades of Grey) of Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment is set to produce the film, alongside John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions.
Madonna’s trashing of the project includes highlighting script details, like a scene in which a young Madonna tells Dick Clark on American Bandstand that she was born in Detroit and dropped out of high school.
“I was born in Bay City, not Detroit,” the singer says now. “And I did not drop out of high school. In fact, I went to University of Michigan.”
More recently, Madge posted to Instagram a “haters gonna hate” declaration:
For Universal, getting Blonde Ambition made might be rather ambitious. First off, the
movie will need to rely on Madonna’s music, particularly from her eponymous 1983 release that included her early hits “Burning Up,” “Everybody,” “Borderline,” “Lucky Star” and “Holiday” — all of them hit singles off her self-titled debut album from 1983. Universal will need to secure a sync license for the master recording (if they use the originals) and the music publishing rights. And even if Madonna does not own those rights, she probably has some control over them.And then there is Madonna herself. She has the money and the, er, ambition to fight the production.
And then there is Madonna herself. She has the money and the, er, ambition to fight the production.
There is also claiming that the production of the movie would defame the Material Girl. Scenes depicted in the movie that might not pass the smell test include Madonna shoplifting a toothbrush and toothpaste, and possibly more damaging stealing her look from one “Bianca Stonewell.”
A second and far less promising tactic would be to go after the script for defamation. But while there is plenty of material in Blond Ambition to which the Material Girl might object, calling it defamatory would be a legal stretch.
The script also suggests that Madonna stole her iconic look from another fixture on the downtown club scene, a character named “Bianca Stonewell,” however that cannot be independently confirmed by CommDigiNews.
The big question is, if the project is greenlighted, who will play Madonna? The short list includes “Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson, and Margot Robbie, who starred as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” and will be playing Tonya Harding in an upcoming biopic.
The number one choice for the role is Madonna’s own daughter, Lourdes Leon, which is pretty unlikely unless Madge is given a producer role and control on the project.
Madonna’s comment on the project posted to Instagram:
“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” Madonna wrote Tuesday on social media. “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.”