Madonna to direct Taking Flight, upcoming MGM drama based on life of ballerina Michaela DePrince


Mar 14, 2018 12:54:04 IST

Pop star Madonna is set to direct the MGM drama Taking Flight, based on the life of ballerina Michaela DePrince.

Madonna performs 'Express Yourself'. Photo: Twitter

Madonna performs 'Express Yourself'. Photo: Twitter

The studio has been developing Taking Flight since 2015, when it first bought rights to Michaela and Elaine DePrince's memoir, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

The book follows Michaela DePrince's life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina.

The singer will direct from a screenplay by Camilla Blackett, reported Entertainment Weekly.

"Michaela's journey resonated with me deeply as both an artiste and an activist who understands adversity. We have a unique opportunity to shed light on Sierra Leone and let Michaela be the voice for all the orphaned children she grew up beside. I am honored to bring her story to life," Madonna said.

Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary.

Madonna made her feature directing debut on the 2008 British comedy Filth and Wisdom. She also helmed and co-wrote 2011's W.E., which chronicled the relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Her upcoming projects also include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer's novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.

Updated Date: Mar 14, 2018 12:54:04 IST