A new biopic about Madonna’s life and career is heading into pre-production at Universal Pictures.
Executives at the Hollywood studio have picked up the rights to Blonde Ambition, which held the number one spot on last year’s Black List – a countdown of the film industry’s best unproduced screenplays.
Penned by Elyse Hollander, the story is set in 1980s New York and focuses on the pop sensation’s rise to fame.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it also centers on the difficulties the singer, born Madonna Louise Ciccone, faced while pursuing a career in a sexist industry. The film will chronicle the creation of the hitmaker’s groundbreaking first album, Madonna, which was released in 1983 and featured such classic songs as Holiday and Lucky Star.
The release peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart and paved the way for the release of her smash hit album Like a Virgin the following year.
The movie will also feature the megastar’s iconic performance of Like A Virgin at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
Blonde Ambition is Hollander’s debut screenplay. She previously worked as an assistant to Birdman filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Blonde Ambition was also the title of Madonna’s 1990 world tour, which she launched following the release of the album Like A Prayer. The controversial tour was chronicled in the behind-the-scenes 1991 documentary Truth or Dare.
Universal is also enjoying the success of another recent music biopic release – Straight Outta Compton hit theaters in 2015 to critical and commercial acclaim. Made for just $28 million, the film took in an impressive $201 million globally. The Oscar-nominated hit follows the rise and fall of rap group N.W.A and delves into the lives of its members Eazy E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
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