Fletcher has had a successful couple of years, bringing out Bohemian Rhapsody about the life of Freddie Mercury and Queen in October 2018 and Rocketman about Elton John last week, 22 May 2019. Yet the director is not done with telling the life stories of global music stars, as he has admitted he would love to work on a film about Madonna next.
The music-enthusiast told Gay Star News: ‘I’d do Madonna! That sounds like a real rollercoaster ride! It would be extraordinary.’ Madonna, who is now 60, rose to fame in the 1980s and became known as the ‘Queen of Pop’ for influencing other artists and always experimenting with her music. Fletcher admitted that making a film about Madonna had not occurred to him before now and he feels unsure whether the Like a Virgin singer would be on board with it. ‘I don’t know how happy she’d be, 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.’
Yet the Like A Prayer star did not take well to the announcement of a documentary about her early life back in April 2017. When Universal announced the making of Blonde Ambition, Madonna took to Instagram to say ‘only I can tell my story’. She voiced her opposition to Universal’s project in her post: ‘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.’ Despite this backlash, director Guy Guido went ahead and made another film about Madonna last year.
Released in August 2018, the docudrama is called Madonna and The Breakfast Club and looks at how the singer’s rise to fame was by no means quick. In fact, it gives an honest account of her struggles when she quit as drummer in the band she was in with her then boyfriend to go it alone.
It is unknown whether Madonna had input into this film, but it seems Fletcher would be safest to get the singer’s permission if he were to base his next project on her. Then again, he can probably afford to have a break for now since Bohemian Rhapsody made over £715m globally while Rocketman snapped up £5.38m in the UK box office on its open weekend over the Bank Holiday.