Paramount+ and MTV Entertainment Studios are set to premiere a documentary on iconic pop star Madonna, Madame X, exclusively on the ViacomCBS-owned streaming service this fall.
Madame X, named for the singer’s 2019 album and ensuing tour, is directed by Portuguese photographer and Madonna collaborator Ricardo Gomes and SKNX. It was filmed in Lisbon, capturing Madonna’s elaborate live show before a sold-out audience featuring 48 artists on stage, including the star’s children, as well as musicians and dancers from all over the world, underlining the album’s theme of multiculturalism.
The film will debut in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia and the Nordics on October 8. Outside those markets, Madame X will air on MTV.
“Sharing my vision with global audiences has been deeply meaningful to me. The opportunity to bring this message and the incandescent art of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity,” Madonna said in a news release.
“Madonna is without a doubt the biggest superstar in the world, and she never stops pushing the boundaries and shaping the pop culture landscape. She and MTV together have an incredibly unique history and we are thrilled to continue to expand our partnership globally with the exclusive global premiere of the Madame X broadcast on Paramount+ this October,” added Bruce Gillmer, chief content officer, music for Paramount+ and president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS.
Madonna is no stranger to documentaries. The 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare, which chronicled her 1990 Blond Ambition tour, was released at arguably the peak of her stardom as both a pop star and a lightning rod for controversy. The film was a box office hit, holding the record for the highest-grossing documentary of all time until it was overtaken by Michael Moore’s 2002 film Bowling for Columbine.