With the massive success of Bohemian Rhapsody and the imminent release (and box office domination?) of Rocketman, rock and roll biopics are all the rage. But might that trend turn to a different kind of musical legend? Queers need a big-screen pop diva biopic more than we need to know who wins season 11 of Drag Race.
Apparently, Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher feels the same. The Elton John film is Fletcher's second rockstar undertaking -- he stepped in to take over Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired -- and considering how good one of those films was, maybe a third is in his future. Gay Star News asked Fletcher if he'd rather tackle a Madonna or Cher biopic, and maybe he saw The Cher Show, because he sided with the Queen of Pop.
"I'd do Madonna! That sounds like a real rollercoaster ride! It would be extraordinary," he said. "I don't know how happy she'd be about that [idea] ... But what an extraordinary life that would be. If I was to tackle any other icon like that, it would be her. She's extraordinary."
And Madonna has certainly led an extraordinary life: moving to New York City at 19 with only $35 in hr pocket, a sexual assault during her early days as a dancer, her meteoric rise to fame, her many celebrity love interests, and of course her decades battling to visibilize the queer rights movement and the AIDS crisis.
But good luck with that, Dexter, because Madonna has made it clear that a film about her life (at least one she's not in control of) is not something she's interested in. When rumors hinted in 2017 that a film called Blonde Ambition was in the works, she firmly shot them down on Instagram. "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."