Singer, actress, and entertainer Madonna (pictured) is getting ready to reprise her role as director of a screen adaptation of the novel “Ade: A Love Story,” which is based on real-life events set in Kenya. The novel is reportedly based on Rebecca Walker’s life and written by her.
In the novel, a 19-year-old female American student sets out to travel with her friend to Egypt and ends in Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. There, she falls in love with a handsome Swahili Muslim man named Ade, who names her Farida.
But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.
According to Shadow and Act, the film adaptation of Ade will be produced by Bruce Cohen through his Bruce Cohen Productions company with Jessica Leventhal, his director of development, and author Rebecca Walker.
Madonna has been criticized by some Blacks for directing this movie, with one critic challenged her eligibility to direct a largely African cast and movie.
Madonna has worked on films like “W.E.,” about the relationship between British King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and “Filth and Wisdom,” a comedy centered on roommates living desperate lives in London.