In Hollywood, when screenplays make it to the top of ‘The Black List’, it means they’ve become a production priority, and Elyse Hollander’s Blonde Ambition is not only sitting pretty at the top of a huge pile, it’s already garnering more publicity than any blockbuster movie post-release.
The fuss is all about the screenplay’s subject matter: Madonna and her ambitious rise to the top of the music game.
Since news broke that Universal Studios has bought the screenplay, with Michael DeLuca (Fifty Shades of Grey) set to co-produce it, Madonna has been bad-mouthing the project via her Instagram account.
“Why would Universal want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???” she wrote in an initial post that has since been deleted. “The writer Elyse Hollander should write for the tabloids.”
Hollander’s screenplay charts the early days of Madonna’s career when she’d hustle to get her music heard in clubs, and even posed nude for art-school projects to make ends meet. But Madonna, who has now read the screenplay, is arguing that some of Hollander’s ‘facts’ are flawed, pointing some of these out on social media.
“I was born in Bay City, not Detroit,” says the singer. “And I did not drop out of high school. In fact, I went to University of Michigan.”
Madonna is also trying to stop the film from using her music in the soundtrack, however, since she didn’t write much of her early material, she isn’t able to stop producers from creating their own versions of the songs. For the record, Madonna wrote Everybody and Lucky Star, which appear on her debut self-titled album and probably won’t feature in the film, but songs like Holiday, Crazy for You, Borderline and Like a Virgin, having all been written by other artists may be up for grabs if the money is right.
While the biopic looks like definitely going ahead, Madonna is continuing her crusade against it, adding to her Instagram feed: “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. ✍️”
I’ll give her this, she’s good with the odd emoji, that one. Antonino Tati