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Madonna to Direct Interracial Romance ‘Ade: A Love Story’

Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair.
The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance W.E., is attached to direct Ade: A Love Story, an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker.
Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his Bruce Cohen Productions. Jessica Leventhal, the company’s director of development, and Walker also are producing.
Walker, the daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker and civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal, wrote about growing up interracial and with mixed religions in her memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.
In her debut novel, published October 2013, Walker creates a narrator similar to herself (the mother is Christian while the father is Jewish). The story centers on a 19-year-old American student traveling with a feminist companion in Africa who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. Their hastily made plans to marry, however, get blown away by cultural and political forces.
Although very much a love story, many of the themes and subjects in Ade are those Madonna has touched upon in envelope-pushing ways at the height of her music career. Sex, religion, race, lesbianism all figure into the story one way or another. Already a fan of the book, Madonna also provided a blurb that appeared in promotional materials.
CAA is arranging financing. Madonna and the producers on the hunt for a screenwriter to adapt the book.
Cohen was a producer on Silver Linings Playbook and is working on adapting the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.
Madonna, repped by CAA, also directed the 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom. The Weinstein Company released W.E., which, despite curiosity, only grossed $583,000 at the domestic box office.
Madonna is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Walker is repped by UTA, Anderson Literary Management, and Shep Rosenman at Katz Golden Rosenman.
Hollywood Reporter

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  • tantuper

    hi for me she is a good director and i love her WE great love story .
    good luck for a new story to tell Luv

  • a

    Good you have international artist in America, and England.

  • tivae

    well, having the last couple of years in mind, m stay away from directing movies and recording albums

  • idro

    she has to keep directing she s always been in that it s a natural artistic reserch … but it seams clear that people respect the artist till she s exposing herself in front of the camera .

  • WC goes filth and wisdom

    sounds good ( the movie will be trash anyway), but at least she stays away from music during that time and doesn’t record some of her famous bubble gum outputs…

  • day4night

    She shouldn’t be allowed to direct anything

    • Chavs unite

      And a generic f*ck who obviously has no taste or culture like you would know anything about directing ?

  • paninaro

    The gyms, Avicii, and now this… I hope she starts selling antidepressants as well: we fans are going to need them.

  • wisdom

    wash.rinse.repeat cycle. madonna is so predictable these days, and now directing another flop to fuel her ego. sad.

  • ava

    she’s so over i cannot even stand myself coming to this website hoping to hear that the miracle has happened and she’s back on her mind

    • michaeldal65

      Precisely ava. She’s fast becoming the most depressing person. Movies, whether acting or directing, are NOT for her. The URL used to be in my favourites, now I just type it when all else bores me.

  • like a candy

    m better open your legs and do music videos

    • Simple

      Stop dumbing things down.

      Go to a website where dumb people post, here you will up the ante or shut it.

  • Frozen

    Madonna, you were born to make music so forget about directing.

  • Jeff

    Relax. There isn’t even a writer yet. This stuff takes time. I am sure she is just setting this up so it will all be in place by the time she finishes her tour.

  • You’ll See

    This is bad news. She should concentrate 100% in her next album.
    She should forget about directing. Directing is boring.

    • proper artist

      Directing is not boring at all.

  • L4jo1e

    NO. that means she will be 50% involved in her next album as MDNA