Any time Madonna makes a movie, it’s a gamble because she doesn’t have the best track record on the big screen.
Remember Shanghai Surprise or Swept Away, anyone? Hopefully not, and Madge’s last directorial effort, the Wallis Simpson biopic W.E., didn’t fare much better when it bombed in 2011.
Not to be deterred, Madonna has signed up to return to directing with Taking Flight, a biopic about the extraordinary life story of the Dutch National Ballet’s Michaela DePrince.
Michaela DePrince began life as a war orphan in Sierra Leone, and rose to the heights of the ballet world on a global scale through her undeniable skill and precision.
Madonna is working on an adaptation from the memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina from New Girl, The Newsroom and Fresh Off the Boat writer Camilla Blackett.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madge said in a statement on Tuesday (March 13).
“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 honoured to bring her story to life.”
Madonna’s film career has always been rocky. While she’s scored a few hits with Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy and A League of Their Own, Madge received a far more divisive reaction for infamous bomb Body of Evidence, rom-com flop The Next Best Thing and her English remake of the Italian hit Swept Away.
Here’s hoping Taking Flight turns things around for Her Madgesty.
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