BREAKING: Madonna will get back behind the camera to direct an adaptation of the Rebecca Walker novel Adé: A Love Story. The novel is based on Walker’s experience. It revolves around a young college student who falls in love with the title character, a young Swahili man, and they plan to marry and live a simple life in Kenya. All of that comes in jeopardy when they are caught in the middle of a civil war that threatens to tear them apart.
The film will be produced by Bruce Cohen, who shared a Best Picture Oscar on American Beauty and more recently produced Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. He’ll produce through his Bruce Cohen Productions shingle with his director of development Jessica Leventhal, and the author. The book was released last fall by Amazon’s Little A imprint.
This is early days, and Madonna and the producers will attach a screenwriter as CAA puts together financing for the film. Madonna made her narrative feature directing debut on 2011’s W.E., which chronicled the relationship between British King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.