Madonna to direct film about orphan ballerina

Angelo Anderson
March 14, 2018

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) announced Tuesday that the pop icon will direct "Taking Flight", a biopic based on Michaela DePrince's memoir "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina". 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. DePrince would go on to make her debut at the Joburg Ballet in South Africa, but more recently, she's appeared in stunning Beyoncé's Lemonade.

De Prince was adopted at the age of four and brought to the US; she made her debut as a professional dancer at age 17. Her feature debut, the 2008 British comedy Filth and Wisdom, boasts a 25 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while her follow-up W.E. registers at 13 percent fresh, though I suppose if it came out now, it would fare better with critics who can't help but love Oscar Isaac. "I am honoured to bring her story to life".

Titled, like the memoir, Taking Flight, the film will follow Michaela's now-famous journey from an orphanage in war-torn Sierra Leone to the upper echelons of the ballet world.

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

Madonna, who founded nonprofit Raising Malawi in 2006, also produced and wrote the documentary I Am Because We Are, about Malawi's orphans and the AIDS crisis.

A master of personal and professional reinvention, Madonna is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time. Taking Flight isn't the only film project Madonna is working on: she's also set to direct The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, based on the time-travel themed novel by Andrew Sean Greer. "There is no director better suited to tell Michaela's journey with passion and sensitivity, and we can not wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world".

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