Universal has picked up Blond Ambition, a new script written by Elyse Hollander that centers on Madonna's early career in 1980s New York. Wrestling with a misogynistic music industry and blossoming love life, the biopoic profiles the ascending pop star as she works on her 1983 debut album, Madonna, which spawned mega-hits, like "Holiday" and "Borderline."
According to Hollywood Reporter, Hollander's script topped the 2016 Black List, which ranks the entertainment industry's most acclaimed unproduced screenplays. Michael De Luca, who produced Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey, is signed on for production alongside Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and John Zaozirny of Bellevue Productions.
The developing biopic is named after Madonna's 1990 world tour, Blond Ambition, which brought proudly sex positive, queer theatrics to mainstream audiences. Her backup dancers--famous for appearing in a doc about the tour, called Truth or Dare--recently premiered their own film, Strike a Pose, which captures their lives 25 years later.