It’s been a few years, but Deadline is reporting that Madonna is about to return to her first and greatest love: directing feature films. Just 10 years after Filth And Wisdom (which wasn’t so good) and seven years after W.E. (which also wasn’t so good), Madonna has signed on to direct a movie for MGM called Taking Flight. The Deadline story says it’s based on the true story of Michaela DePrince, a woman who “grew up an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone but rose to become a world-renowned ballerina,” and Camilla Blackett—a writer for New Girl and Fresh Off The Boat—will adapt it from DePrince’s 2014 memoir of the same name.
DePrince’s story certainly seems worthy of a feature film, with Deadline explaining that her father was shot by rebels when she was only three, and her mother died of starvation a week later. Her uncle sent her to an orphanage, and she was later adopted by an American family who encouraged her to pursue ballet. Deadline says she even appeared in part of Beyoncé’s Lemonade videos.
Madonna is also set to direct the Andrew Sean Greer adaptation The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.