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Universal to Develop Madonna Biopic, Joining Music-Movie Craze

Madonna performs at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2004.
Madonna performs at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2004.Photographer: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures is developing a new film based on the life of Madonna, after movies about other popular musicians, including Freddie Mercury and Elton John, became box-office hits and won critical acclaim.

The film will be co-written and directed by Madonna, one of the best-selling musicians of all time, who dominated pop music in the 1980s. Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar in 2008 for writing “Juno,” will co-write the film, and former Sony Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal will produce it.