You can dance: Madonna to direct film about real-life ballerina

14 March, 2018, 18:22 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Pop superstar Madonna to direct film on Sierra Leone dancer Michaela DePrince

Madonna has announced that she'll be making her directorial comeback at the helm of a new film about the life of Dutch National Ballet's Michaela DePrince.

The star continued: '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. She appeared in Beyonce's 2016 cultural phenomenon "Lemonade" and is now a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet. She landed her first professional job at age 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa. "I am honored to bring her story to life", said Madonna.

"Taking Flight", taken from the name of DePrince's 2014 autobiography, will be the musical icon's third time as a feature film director after "Filth and Wisdom" in 2008 and "W.E." in 2011.

The book, written with her adopted mother Elaine, tells the story of how DePrince went from being an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a celebrated ballerina.

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Besides her film projects, Madonna is also, according to her Instagram, "Mak [ing] Amazing Music with brilliant songwriters!" While she seems to love cinema, she's been derided for her acting (particularly for 2002's Swept Away, directed by then hubby Guy Ritchie) and as a director (her royal drama W.E. has a 13% rating on RottenTomatoes). She produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, a documentary looking into the lives of Malawi's over one million orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.

Madonna is bringing the life of a fellow trailblazer to the big screen. Glickman and Tabitha Shick, MGM's Executive Director of Worldwide Motion Pictures, are overseeing the project on behalf of the studio.

Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted.


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