Why Madonna disapproves of her biopic: 'Nobody knows what I know, what I have seen'
Elyse Hollander's Blonde Ambition, touted to be a biopic on Madonna, is set in 1980s New York and follows a rising star as she gets her first album released while navigating fame, romance and a music industry that views women as disposable.
The script impressed Universal enough to snatch up the property, with two major producers — Michael De Luca and Brett Ratner — attached. Still, no director has yet been finalised and the film has not yet been officially green light.
Definitely not on board, however, is Madonna herself.
The singer has posted several Instagram messages denouncing the project. In the first, posted just hours after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the project on Tuesday, she writes, "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."
On Wednesday, a copy of the script now in hand, her criticism grew more pointed and personal. "Why would Universal Studios want to make a movie about me based on a script that is all lies???" she wrote on Instagram and deleted the post. "The writer Elyse Hollander should write for the tabloids."
As an example of the script's inaccuracies, Madonna singled out a line of dialogue on the first page, in which Madonna tells Dick Clark in an interview on American Bandstand, "I was born in Detroit. I'm a famed high school dropout."
"I was born in Bay City, not Detroit. And I did not drop out of high school. In fact, I went to University of Michigan," Madonna counters.
But Hollander took that exchange directly from the actual American Bandstand broadcast, as evidenced by this YouTube video. (Perhaps that is why Madonna later deleted the second Instagram post.)