Madonna, the legendary singer/songwriter/actress, gave an expectedly candid explanation for why she is directing her own biopic, calling it a "preemptive strike."
"I've had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film," she told Variety. "It was also a preemptive strike, because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me. Mostly misogynistic men. So, I put my foot in the door and said, 'No one’s going to tell my story but me.'"
The film, which the Material Girl co-wrote with Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno), will document her early days in the music industry and rise to global icon-hood. "I have a very long script that is really hard for me to make shorter," Madonna admitted. "I’ve been whittling away at it, but it’s like hacking off my limbs."
Madonna previously said she hopes the film will "convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer — a human being, trying to make her way in this world."
"The focus of this film will always be music," she continued. "Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision."
Amy Pascal, who has earned two Oscar Best Picture nominations for The Post and Little Women, is producing the currently untitled biopic, which currently has no official release date.