Madge is returning to filmmaking. The legendary pop star will be directing a movie adaptation of Adé: A Love Story, based on the novel by Rebecca Walker.
Madonna, who has been acting since the ’80s, made her first foray into directing in 2008 with the comedy Filth and Wisdom, about three roommates in London, struggling to achieve their dreams. She followed that up with 2011’s W.E., based on the life and love of Wallis Simpson. Both films were widely panned by critics, though that hasn’t prevented her from taking on this new project.
Adé: A Love Story was written in 2013 by Walker, the daughter of Color Purple author Alice Walker. The story follows two American students travelling in Kenya, when one of the women falls in love with a Swahili Muslim man named Adé. The two lovers plan to marry, but are faced with political and cultural realities that are difficult to overcome. Madonna was an immediate fan of Walker’s book, providing a blurb for it that read, “Read this book! An incredible journey! A beautiful LOVE story!”
The book’s big screen adaptation will be produced by Silver Linings Playbook producer Bruce Cohen and Walker herself. They are currently hunting for a screenwriter to adapt the novel.