MUMBAI: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Madonna is set to helm the big screen adaptation of Ade: A Love Story, the debut novel of Rebecca Walker, daughter of Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker (The Color Purple).
Rebecca Walker will co-produce the film, along with Bruce Cohen, who produced Silver Linings Playbook and American Beauty. Adé: A Love Story holds a 3.67/5 ratings based on 179 ratings on Goodreads. In this stunning debut novella, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart.
When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together - free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.
Madonna evidently loved the book when it was published last year. She posted a picture of the cover on her Google+ account and quoted, "Read this Book! An incredible journey! A Beautiful LOVE story!"
This film will be Madonna's third outing in the director's chair. Her last film was W.E., in 2011, a period retelling of the dire straits of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, while her directorial debut, 2008's Filth and Wisdom was a comedy centered on roommates living desperate lives in London.
Madonna was on a huge world tour last year, and was named the world's top-earning celebrity by Forbes in 2013 with gross earnings of about $125 million.