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Madonna Directing Ballerina Movie 'Taking Flight'

Madonna Directing Ballerina Movie 'Taking Flight'

Seven years after W.E. almost swept away her filmmaking career, Madonna is returning behind the camera to direct MGM's ballerina drama TAKING FLIGHT for her third feature, the Tracking Board has confirmed. We have a unique opportunity to put spotlight on Sierra Leone and make Michaela voice of all orphan children who grew up next to her, "said Madonna in a statement released last Tuesday. I am honored to bring her story to life", Madonna said. She also appeared in "Lemonade", Beyonce's 2016 intertwined film and album that delves into the experience of African American women. Camilla Blackett has previously worked on the likes of Skins, The Newsroom, New Girl, and Fresh Off The Boat. MGM executives Jonathan Glickman and Tabitha Shick will oversee the project for the studio.

Madonna made her feature directing debut on the 2008 British comedy "Filth and Wisdom". While she seems to love cinema, she's been derided for her acting (particularly for 2002's Swept Away, directed by then hubby Guy Ritchie) and as a director (her royal drama W.E. has a 13% rating on RottenTomatoes). She landed her first professional job at age 17 in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa.

In addition, Madonna produced and wrote a documentary about the million children in Malawi orphaned by the AIDS crisis, called I Am Because We Are. She is now co-writing to direct The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, based on Andrew Sean Greer's novel, and she produced and wrote I Am Because We Are, her documentary about Malawi's more than 1 million orphans in the wake of the AIDS pandemic.

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MGM teamed with Alloy on the romantic drama "Everything, Everything", based on Nicola Yoon's best-selling novel.

Madonna is represented by CAA and Maverick Management.