March 25, 2014


Madonna Joins 'Silver Linings Playbook' Producer for Third Directorial Effort

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Madonna will return to the director's chair for Ade: A Love Story, a film adaptation of the debut novel from Rebecca Walker (Alice Walker's daughter) which details the love story of an American woman and Muslim man from Kenya. The movie—set to be produced by Silver Lining Playbook producer Bruce Cohen—hits on themes the pop icon has touched on during her 30 plus years in the biz.

According to THRAde deals with "sex, race, religion and lesbianism." The pop queen should be right at home after years of releasing videos ("Like a Prayer," "Erotica") and coffee table books about those subjects.

In the novel, a teenage American student traveling with a feminist friend in Africa falls in love with a Muslim man. They make hasty plans to marry as soon as possible, but are pushed off course by cultural and political forces.

Ade is the third motion picture graced by Madge's directorial vision. She made her first attempt with 2008 comedy Filth and Wisdom—which did not sit well with critics—and followed up with period piece W.E. from 2011, a film that also faced negative reviews, failed commercially, but earned the singer a Golden Globe for the song "Masterpiece."

Here's to hoping that Madonna's personal connection with the storyline produces a film as awesome as her 55-year-old body is fit.