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Madonna Biopic Tops 2016 Hollywood Black List

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Each year, a large committee of studio executives are invited to vote on the Black List, a selection of the year’s best unproduced film scripts. A plethora of Oscar-winning and -nominated films — Spotlight, Argo, The Imitation Game, and The King’s Speech  have gained traction by being included on the list. This year’s was just released, and you can pull out your leg warmers, because the list includes Blonde Ambition, a Madonna biopic that has been crowned the most promising of this year’s 73 scripts. The Elyse Hollander–penned script is described as a portrait of the artist struggling “to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and a music industry that views women as disposable.” Three very different scripts are tied for second place: a multigenerational, international drama from This Is Us’ Dan Fogelman dubbed Life Itself; The Olympian, a true story of an underdog rower trying to qualify for the 1984 Olympics, written by Tony Tost; and a Pentagon Papers drama called The Post by Liz Hannah. Produce away, studios!