AceShowbiz - The highly-anticipated Madonna biopic is taking an indefinite hold. The Julia Garner-starring project, which the music icon was going to direct herself, is no longer in development at Universal Pictures.
Variety reported on Tuesday, January 24 that the project, which was first announced back in 2020, gets paused as the 64-year-old Queen of Pop prepares to go on a world tour. Though the project is not moving forward in development, it's said that the singer is still intending to make a movie about her life in the future.
In June, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the Madonna film project was in "active development" and Julia was the "choice to play Madonna in the biopic." The 28-year-old Emmy winner would have potentially joined "Uncut Gems" actress Julia Fox, who was reportedly in talks to play the singer's longtime friend Debi Mazar. Debi is an actress known for "Empire Records" and "Goodfellas".
Madonna announced back in October that she was almost done writing the script. "Grateful for the success of Madame X, that my script is almost finished, and for the support of my beautiful children!" the "Material Girl" hitmaker captioned a series of selfies on Instagram at the time showing her sitting in front of her typed screenplay.
News that the biopic is off came a week after Madge announced her "Celebration" tour, which will start on July 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. Earlier this month, she took to Instagram to share the details of the tour. She recruited her famous pals, including comedian Amy Schumer, actor Jack Black, rapper Lil Wayne and DJ Diplo, to help her out.
In the clip, Amy said, "Madonna, I dare you to do a world tour and play your greatest motherf**king hits." Madonna asked her, "Four decades, as in 40 years?" After asking if everyone around the table will come to the tour, she agreed, "F**k, yeah!"