Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures announced its director for Taking Flight, the film adaptation of Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. MGM Motion Picture Group President Jonathan Glickman released the information: the director will be none other than Grammy and Golden Globe victor and queen of Vogue-ing Madonna.
Madonna will be working alongside Fresh Off The Boat‘s Camilla Blackett, who will be adapting the screenplay. Taking Flight is based on DePrince’s life from early childhood in the tumultuous, war-torn nation of Sierra Leone and how she grew into a world-famous ballerina. DePrince has gained serious recognition, from dancing in the Joburg Ballet in South Africa to appearing in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”
If it seems odd to you that Madonna is directing (it did to me, tbh), it shouldn’t be. The pop diva has co-written and directed multiple films, including Filth and Wisdom and W.E. Glickman said, “We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen. There is no director better suited to tell Michaela’s journey with passion and sensitivity, and we cannot wait to bring this film to audiences all around the world.”
Madonna returned the enthusiasm for the project. “Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity. 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. I am honored to bring her story to life.”
While the crew seems to be coming together, a production date has yet to be announced.