Madonna has hinted at a pandemic project with screenwriter Diablo Cody, but she finally confirmed it’s about her early years in the Manhattan art scene of the early 1980s. You can watch the whole Instagram Live or read some of the juicier tidbits below.
“We do talk about Andy [Warhol], and Keith [Haring], and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Burgoyne and the whole coming up as an artist in Manhattan, downtown, Lower East Side in the early ’80s,” Madonna said of the project. “Honestly, [it’s] one of the best times of my life, and one of the worst times. I hope I can portray or express what a thrilling time that was for me in every way.”
Among notable moments in Madonna’s life that the current screenplay covers are her time filming the controversial film Evita, which she reveals led to an unpleasant experience with Andrew Lloyd Webber during the production of the movie adaptation of his stage musical: “I think I had a few nervous breakdowns worrying that I was going to be fired every day,” she said, further revealing in response to a fan question that, “No, [Andrew] wasn’t, he was not nice to me. I’m not sure he even wanted me in the movie.” (In a statement to EW, a spokesman for Webber said: “She must have Andrew confused with somebody else. Andrew and Madonna had a very smooth and productive working relationship on the Evita film.”)
Sparks are already flying, and it’s not even written yet!
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