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.
Taking Flight will tell the life story of the dancer who started life as a a war orphan in Sierra Leone before rising to worldwide acclaim as one of the most celebrated names in ballet. It will be an adaptation based on the memoir by Camilla Blackett.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna. “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.”
As well as acting in the likes of Evita, Dick Tracy, Swept Away, Shadows And Fog and Shanghai Surprise, Madonna’s directing credits include Filth And Wisdom, and 2011’s Wallis Simpson biopic W.E. Her work on the screen has been met with varying degrees of critical and commercial success.
As well as being among the rumours for headlining Glastonbury 2019, Madonna is also at work on her 14th album.
She has however, shot down rumours that a biopic of her own life was in the works at the hands of others.
“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she wrote on Twitter. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”