Universal has picked up Elyse Hollander’s script for “Blonde Ambition,” a biopic about the rise of famed pop star Madonna. Hollander’s script was ranked No. 1 on the Blacklist, a list of the best screenplays in Hollywood that have yet to be produced.
The screenplay is set in New York in the 1980s and follows Madonna’s struggle to get her debut album released in a male-oriented music industry. Michael De Luca, who produced the “Fifty Shades” films for Universal, is attached to produce along with Brett Ratner and John Zaozirny. Released in 1983, Madonna’s eponymous debut album peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, featured early hit singles like “Holiday” and “Lucky Star,” and set the stage for Madonna’s breakthrough “Like A Virgin” album the following year.
Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Director of Development Chloe Yellin will oversee production for Universal. Lucy Kitada will help oversee for De Luca Productions.
Hollander is represented by WME, Bellvue Productions, and Ryan Pastorek and Robby Koch of Hansen Jacobson.