She's hung up… on winning an Oscar. As Madonna works on her epic biopic that will shine a light on her meteoric rise to fame, OK! has learned that the singer will stop at nothing to win an Academy Award for the film.
"Madonna has put everything in her music career on hold to completely focus for the next year making her upcoming biopic the perfect Oscar movie," a source exclusively spills to OK!. "In Madonna's mind, she has accomplished everything to the highest standard aside from film. She knows that directing her biopic could be her last chance for Oscar gold." The film is said to explore the singer's life from being a humble New York City hustler with a dream, to the global superstar she is today.
The source adds that "aside from continuing to work on the screenplay, Madonna is making sure her friendships with Hollywood elite are intact," referring to those who could possibly swing a vote her way. "She plans on throwing the most epic Oscar Party next year to make sure she charms the voters for the following year when her film will be eligible."
We're also hearing that Madonna is planning "to record the most epic original song for the film" that she feels will make her a shoo-in for Best Original Song on Hollywood's biggest night. "She's pulling out all the stops and will use every ounce of her power to make it happen," the source adds.
"I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world," the "Vogue" singer said in a statement about the flick. "The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. 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."
Although there was a reported rift between Madonna and Cody, a studio source at Universal — the production company behind the film — set the record straight, declaring that the Juno director simply completed her work on the script and moved on to her next project.
Not much else is known about the highly anticipated film. A release date, nor who will play the pop legend in the currently untitled biopic, has yet to be announced.
While Paramount+, available in the US and certain other regions, will start streaming Madame X on October 8, MTV will stream the tour documentary worldwide.
Here's the statement released by MTV:
A documentary following Madonna's Madame X tour will be available to stream on Paramount+ on Friday, October 8, the streaming service announced on Thursday (July 15).
The film was shot at a concert in Lisbon, Portugal, as Madonna embodied her Madame X persona, a globetrotting secret agent complete with an eyepatch. The Queen of Pop posted a video on Instagram four days ahead of the announcement.
"Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me. The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity".
The Madame X doc will feature behind-the-scenes clips of Madonna in action during the album's tour in 2019 and 2020. In addition, there will be an intimate look at the battles she had with her hip and knee injuries, which forced her to cancel several shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Portugal, eventually concluding the entire tour three days before its final date, while also coinciding with the ban of gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19. She has fortunately made a full recovery and recently returned this past June for a surprise performance during New York's Pride festivities at the Boom Boom Room.
Madonna has lately been working on film production and re-shootings. A 22-minute documentary called The World of Madame X was released in July 2019 on Amazon Prime, detailing the production and behind the scenes of the album. Back in February, Madonna announced she was re-shooting scenes for the tour documentary, wearing costumes from her Madame X tour. "Happy to be able to step into my costumes after 10 months on crutches-surgery and a host of other physical challenges I can fit into my costumes!" she wrote on Instagram.
Paramount+ posted a teaser video for the upcoming Madame X tour film.
There's only one Madonna. Are you ready for Madame X? Stream the new concert documentary on October 8, only on #ParamountPlus.
Madonna shared the video, adding:
Madame ❌ is finally ready to disturb the Peace..,,,,,………..Streaming Oct 8th…,,,,,,,,,,,,Paramount +.
Are you ready? 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Are you ready for Madame X?
Madonna has a long history with film. It's not her acting career that distinguishes the pop star, but her uncanny ability to spot up-and-coming directors before they've hit it big. Before he was an Academy Award-nominated auteur, David Fincher directed Madonna in four iconic music videos, including Express Yourself and Vogue. Mark Romanek, the filmmaker whose take on Bedtime Story got Madonna into the Museum of Modern Art, went on to direct Never Let Me Go and the Robin Williams thriller One Hour Photo. And of course there's her ex-husband Guy Ritchie, who has become synonymous with action-packed blockbusters, but probably the less said about that the better.
More recently, Madonna met the Portuguese photographer Ricardo Gomes while recording her last album, Madame X, in Lisbon. She invited him to join her traveling troupe, and record behind the scenes footage, mostly for Instagram, as she works on upcoming projects, including the upcoming biopic of her life. Call him the social media age answer to Alex Keshishian, who directed Madonna's groundbreaking documentary Truth or Dare, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
In time for Pride month, Madonna asked Gomes, and the filmmaker Sasha Kasiuha, to collaborate on a three-piece multimedia art installation to amplify LGBTQ+ voices while reminding viewers to love themselves and stay fearless. It premiered in Times Square, and with a raucous party at the Boom Boom Room devised in partnership with the Misshapes' Geordon Nicol and The Standard's Corey Tuttle.
Gomes also shot a series of Polaroids that Madonna auctioned off, raising over $100,000 to benefit The Ali Forney Center, Haus of Us, and the Hetrick Martin Institute.
Here, Gomes tells T&C about working with the pop star, the inspiration behind their latest project, and what fans can expect when her tour premieres on Paramount+ in October.
How did this project come to fruition?
The Standard wanted Madonna and I to do a collaboration, sort of like an art installation. So, I started thinking about a concept and putting ideas together and I went to Madonna and initiated a conversation about doing something for Pride. She's very open to ideas when she trusts people, so she just went along with it, and started getting excited. I called Sasha Kasiuha, who helped me write the video and edit it. We created a few posts on Instagram, followed by a teaser to let people know that something was coming. Madonna's fans started getting curious about it.
What was your design inspiration for the video?
The underground culture of the 1990s is so colorful and fun and sexy and a little bit dirty. When I think about house music clubs, it always takes me to that era. It's kind of a fantasy that I have, and I relate to it energy-wise. I think the '90s was also an era for Madonna that was about reinvention. It's a cool era of music, especially for her.
This project has raised over $100,000 for LGBTQ charities. Can you tell me about the philanthropic aspect of the project?
When it comes to the Polaroids auctioned off for charity, they were all shot on the same night we filmed at her apartment. The video has this celebratory image, fun and sexy with the message, the words and with her voice and the sound. In the images, I just wanted to portray her as sexy part intimidating and engaging. People were really into them at the party, and the money raised will help so many in need in the LGBTQ+ community.
What does the future hold for you and Madonna?
I do little things here and there with her, photos and videos daily. But the biggest project is the tour film from her last tour, "Madame X," that we're finishing now in post-production, and should come out after the summer, likely in October. It has a very strong message that is so incredible and political, and after this year and a half of being shut down and not taking anything for granted, it's powerful.
Earlier it was rumoured that it would be available on Netflix, but seems plans have changed.
Paramount+ is an American streaming service, operated by ViacomCBS Streaming. It launched in the US in March 2021, and is expanding to international markets.
It's currently unclear whether it will also be available on other streaming services or as a physical release (DVD / Blu-ray).