Madonna to Direct Romance Movie ‘Adé’ for ‘American Beauty’ Producer

Madonna to Direct Romance Movie 'Adé' for 'American Beauty' Producer

Bruce Cohen will produce the movie, which is based on Rebecca Walker's new novel “Adé: A Love Story”

Madonna (“W.E.”) is attached to direct Adé, based on the bestselling author Rebecca Walker's new novel ”Adé: A Love Story,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty”) is producing under his Bruce Cohen Productions banner along with the company's Jessica Leventhal and Walker.

The book, which is based on Walker's real life experience, was released in October by Amazon Publishing's Little A literary imprint, and quickly earned both critical and commercial success.

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When a sophisticated, bi-racial college student falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together — free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when the lovers are caught in the middle of a civil war, reality threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.

Madonna and the producing team are currently seeking a screenwriter to adapt the novel, while CAA is arranging financing for the project.

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Walker is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs ”Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” and ”Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.”

Madonna is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. CAA also reps Cohen along with attorneys Alan Hergott and Eric Brooks of Bloom Hergott. Walker is represented by UTA, Anderson Literary Management and attorney Shep Rosenman of Katz Golden Rosenman.