Biopic of the bunch
Madonna joins A-List of musicians telling life stories in massive Hollywood movies
MADONNA is to direct her own biopic and also co-write it.
The 62-year-old superstar maintains the as yet untitled movie will take viewers on "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 Material Girl will collaborate with Amy Pascal on the project, as they have worked in the past on the 1992 classic A League of Their Own.
Madonna directed projects such as the 2008 drama Filth and Wisdom and the Abbie Corning movie W.E. in 2011.
She's also been in front of the camera on plenty of occasions, headlining films such as Dick Tracy and Desperately Seeking Susan, and winning a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1996 movie Evita.
Madge is not the first singer to have a biopic of their life depicted on the big screen - let's take a look at a few others.
TINA TURNER - WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne both earned Oscar nominations for their searing portrayals of Tina and Ike Turner in this biopic about the Simply The Best singer.
Born Anna Mae Bullock in an unhappy family in Tennessee, Tina relocates to St Louis where she pursues her dream to be a professional singer after seeing charismatic band leader Ike Turner on stage one night.
The pair wed, but the marriage quickly turns violent when Ike starts physically assaulting her, and after years of abuse she ends up leaving him.
Winning the right to retain her stage name after their divorce, Tina continues working to pay the bills. She gets a break after meeting Roger Davies, who eventually helps her realise her dreams of rock stardom.
Despite Ike's attempts to win her back, Tina eventually prevails and finds solo success, accomplishing her dreams without him.
It had a budget of €13m in 1993 and went on to take €35m at the box office.
JOHNNY CASH - WALK THE LINE
Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for her performance in this film about country musician Johnny Cash - played by Oscar nominated Joaquin Phoenix - and his wife June Carter.
The film follows Cash's career as a solo artist and his romance with Carter.
In 1944, Johnny, then known as JR, is raised on a cotton farm in Dyess, Arkansas. He was known for his singing of hymns and in 1950, JR enlists in the Air Force as Johnny Cash, and is stationed in West Germany.
He purchases a guitar, and in 1952 finds solace in writing songs, one of which he develops as Folsom Prison Blues.
He ends up in Memphis, where he auditions for Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records.
On tour, Johnny meets June Carter, with whom he falls in love. After his attempt to woo June fails, Cash starts abusing drugs and alcohol.
One night June disposes of Johnny's drugs, and begins to write Ring of Fire, describing her feelings for him and her pain at watching him descend into addiction.
Cash discovers that most of his fan mail is from prisoners, who are impressed with his outlaw image.
He ends up recording a live album in Folsom prison.
The film was released in 2005 and while it cost €25 million to make, it took in €166 million at the box office.
ELTON JOHN - ROCKETMAN
Rocketman is based on the life of British musician Elton John and stars Taron Egerton in the main role.
The 2019 flick also features Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen.
The film follows John in his early days in England as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with Taupin and is titled after John's 1972 song Rocket Man.
The film won largely positive reviews and despite costing $40m went on to make $200m at the box office and also nabbed Elton another Oscar for best original song, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again".
EDITH PIAF - LA VIE EN ROSE
Marion Cotillard's breakout performance as famed French singer Édith Piaf - whose life was marked with tragic events as she rose from an impoverished young street performer to international star - earned the actress an Oscar.
The film is structured on key events from the life of 'Little Sparrow' Piaf. The movie begins with elements from her childhood and at the end with the events surrounding her death.
The 2007 film, which also starred Gérard Depardieu, cost €22 million and took in €77 million.
FREDDIE MERCURY - BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Malek won Best Actor at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs last year for his mesmerising performance as the legendary Freddie Mercury.
The film follows the singer's life from just before he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in London.
It received mixed reviews from critics - its portrayals of Mercury's life and sexuality and of the other band members, as well as the directing, were criticised - but Malek's performance and the music sequences were lauded. Irish actors Aidan Gillen and Allen Leech also starred.
It was a huge box office success when released in 2018, becoming the most successful music related movie ever made, costing €44m and taking in over €800m.
JIM MORRISON - THE DOORS
Oliver Stone lent his outrageous hand to this biopic of Jim Morrison, The Doors and the wild sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 1960s.
The movie starred Val Kilmer as Morrison. Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan co-star as Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson and bandmate Ray Manzarek.
The film portrays the Riders on the Storm singer as a larger-than-life icon of the drug-using, free-love hippie lifestyle.
However, the depiction goes beyond the iconic: his alcoholism, interest in hallucinogenic drugs and, particularly, his growing obsession with death are threads which weave in and out of the film.
The 1991 film was not well received by his bandmates, close friends, and family and actually made a loss, costing €34m but taking in €30m.
LORETTA LYNN - COALMINER'S DAUGHTER
Sissy Spacek stars as country legend Loretta Lynn, who went from poor teenager to music stardom thanks to her charming and whip-smart persona.
Spacek won an Oscar for Best Actress and contributed her own vocals to the soundtrack.
Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as Lynn's husband and manager Doolittle Lynn, while Beverly D'Angelo appears as Lynn's friend and mentor Patsy Cline.
It follows the story of country music singer Lynn from her birth in a poor family and getting married at 15 to her rise to becoming a successful country musician.
The film's soundtrack featured Lynn's hit singles, which were all sung by Spacek, as well as Patsy Cline's Sweet Dreams, sung by D'Angelo.
Released in 1980 it cost $13m (equivalent to €40m today), and took in $60m (or in today's terms €182m).
RAY CHARLES - RAY
Jamie Foxx nabbed an Oscar for his realistic portrayal of R&B legend Ray Charles, who went from a blind child of small farmers in the South to one of the greatest American musicians of all time.
Raised on a share cropping plantation in Florida, Ray Charles Robinson went blind at the age of seven, shortly after witnessing his younger brother drown in a tragic accident.
Inspired by a fiercely independent mother who insisted that he would make his own way in the world, Charles found his calling and his incredible gift behind a piano.
The soulful singer gained a reputation before exploding on to the world stage when he pioneered the incorporation of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, gospel, country, jazz and orchestral influences into his inimitable style.
Charles was set to attend an opening of the completed film, but died of liver disease in June 2004, several months before its premiere. The film cost €35m and took in €110m.
RITCHIE VALENS - LA BAMBA
Lou Diamond Phillips plays beloved Chicano musician Ritchie Valens, who perished in the same airplane crash that took the life of Buddy Holly in 1959.
La Bamba follows the typical biopic template, charting Valens' meteoric rise as a teenage rock and roll star.
Valens was a pioneer of Chicano rock and Latin rock and inspired many musicians of Mexican heritage.
He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana, as he had become nationally successful at a time when very few Latinos were in American rock and pop music. His biggest hit was La Bamba. The 1987 film cost €6m and took in €48m.
NWA - STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
This 2015 film is an entertaining retelling of American rap pioneers and the world's allegedly most dangerous group, the NWA.
Two of the film's most memorable scenes are exaggerated versions of real events - the NWA being harassed by police outside their recording studio, which the film pretends was the inspiration for signature track F**k tha Police, and a Detroit concert that ends with the group being arrested for playing, you guessed it, F**k tha Police.
Also true is that Ice Cube - played with face-alike precision by Cube's real son, O'Shea Jackson Jr - fell out with the group over royalties, turned down a cheque for $75,000, and started a diss-war after going solo. Dre and Cube produced it themselves so it's no surprise that Dre's real trouble with the law (thousands in unpaid parking tickets), the intimidation tactics Dre used to get out of his contract once the NWA fell out, and the misogyny of NWA's lyrics is glossed over while most cynical is the effort to explain away Dre's abhorrent record for violence against women by showing him being slapped by his own mother.
The film cost nearly $50m to make, but took in over $200m.
IAN CURTIS - CONTROL
This sombre, black-and-white film from 2007 is a portrait of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. It is based on the book Touching From A Distance by Curtis's widow, Deborah, it explores the tragic singer's real life - his struggle with epilepsy, his affair with Belgian journalist Annik Honoré, and the pressure of Joy Division's success.
The film cost about $6m to make and took in over $9m.