Madonna Explains Why She Had to 'Preemptively Strike' By Making a Biopic About Herself

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Excitement ran rampant when Madonna first announced that she would be directing and co-writing her own biopic, and now, the star's explaining exactly why she's doing it.

Madonna—whose successful career includes music, acting, directing, and writing work—spoke with Variety about the upcoming project and why she felt she had to make the movie before anyone else did.

She said, "I’ve had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film. It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me. Mostly misogynistic men."

The 63-year-old explained her reaction to the people trying to adapt her life story into a film, declaring, "I put my foot in the door and said, 'No one’s going to tell my story, but me.'"

When Madonna first announced the project with Universal Pictures on her website in late 2020, she shared a similar sentiment, stating, "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.”

Going further, she proclaimed that the movie would center around music, as she said, "Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive."

Madonna is writing the script with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. As of now, the movie has no title. Academy Award nominee Amy Pascal is producing.

In June, word spread that Emmy Award-winning actor Julia Garner, who starred in Ozark and Inventing Annawas offered the role of Madonna in the film, though it still is not confirmed whether or not she officially signed on.

In her interview with Variety, Madonna also provided an update on the writing process. She said, "I have a very long script that is really hard for me to make shorter. I’ve been whittling away at it, but it’s like hacking off my limbs."

Previously, Madonna directed and wrote both Filth and Wisdom and W.E., as well as some other projects. She has also produced and acted in many movies, documentaries, and music videos over the years.

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