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Madonna to Direct Romance Drama 'Adé: A Love Story'

Madonna last directed 2011's 'W.E.'

Although she's managed to conquer the world of music and evolve over the years to remain on top, Madonna has had a more difficult time breaking through in Hollywood. At least as a director she has struggled mightily, with her two major features Filth & Wisdom and the historical romance W.E. getting railed by critics and ignored by audiences. But this is Madonna we're talking about here, and she's pressing forward on yet another ambitious project.

According to THR, Madonna will direct an adaptation of Rebecca Walker's romance novel, Adé: A Love Story. Walker is the daughter of acclaimed The Color Purple author Alice Walker. Ade chronicles the interracial relationship between an American woman and a Muslim man living off the coast of Kenya. Cultural and political forces, along with a bout of malaria, put an end to their hastily prepared marriage plans. It should come as no surprise the film deals with sex, feminism, lesbianism, and religion, all topics Madonna has focused on throughout her career.

A screenwriter still needs to be sought, but it looks like Madonna is aiming big for her third directorial effort.

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