Madonna Appears To Be Working With Screenwriter Erin Wilson On Her Biopic After Diablo Cody Reportedly Left The Project
Here’s the latest update on Madonna’s biopic: DRAMA. And I wish I could say this was a story about how they just wrapped filming on the messy real-life scene where Courtney Love tossed a compact at Madonna during the red carpet of the 1995 MTV VMAs, but no, we’re still in pre-production drama. After much speculation, we can officially count Diablo Cody as 100% done with this project. Because Madonna just debuted her brand-new BSFFTDOTB (best screenwriter friend for the duration of this biopic).
Last August, we learned that Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody was writing Madonna’s movie about Madonna. Madonna and Diablo did an Instagram Live about the movie, wherein Madonna went full control freak. The Sun then claimed that Diablo (ahem) took a bow, hung up, and decided she didn’t want to write any more material, girl. Diablo allegedly quit, because Madonna was a “perfectionist” who was difficult to work with. But another source claimed that Diablo didn’t quit, and in fact, she and Madonna finished writing the screenplay and she just moved on to her next project. Although, a few days ago, Madonna let it be known on social media that her new favorite bitch and writer is Erin Wilson.
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 11, 2021
Erin Wilson wrote the screenplays for Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Chloe, and The Girl on the Train, and is also currently writing the screenplay for a remake of Indecent Proposal. Madonna didn’t specifically state if Erin is writing the screenplay for her biopic, but that picture with all those candles and herbs contains numerous diaries and journals of Madonna’s life, so the implication is pretty clear. Or who knows? Maybe Erin and Madonna are co-writing that screenplay for the Indecent Proposal remake. But this time instead of an old rich dude buying a night alone with some guy’s younger wife, it’s an older rich woman offering a backup dancer in his mid-20s a couple of bucks to carry her suitcase while she’s on tour. But let’s face it, Erin’s currently working on the biopic.
Here’s hoping that Erin’s experience is better than Diablo’s allegedly was, whatever happened there. At least Madonna might give Erin a visual clue, in the event, Madonna starts to lose interest in Erin’s version of the screenplay. That is if this story from John Benjamin Hickey is any indication of Madonna’s attention span. John Benjamin Hickey appeared on last night’s Watch What Happens Live’s first live show with an audience since the pandemic hit. He appeared in the revival of Cabaret on Broadway 20 years ago, and he was asked if he ever got starstruck looking out into the audience. One night, he looked out and Madonna was sitting in the audience, except she wasn’t dabbing at her tears with a tissue. via Vulture:
“One night in the audience, Madonna was there. And we were all so excited she was there. Madonna proceeded to sit and braid her hair through the entire performance. I didn’t really give a shit and care one way or the other. Our leading lady, Natasha Richardson, came backstage with steam coming out of her ears. ‘How dare she!’, and she was absolutely right. If you’re going to come to the theater, don’t sit and braid your hair.”
To be fair to Madonna, the Broadway revival of Cabaret opened in 1998, the same year as Madonna’s Ray of Light. Her whole look and mood was ‘spiritually naval-gazing yoga teacher with long messy hair with little tiny braids.’ It was part of the aesthetic, John Benjamin Hickey.