A bisexual, biracial Yale grad goes to Africa and falls in love with a Kenyan Muslim. That's the premise of "Ade: A Love Story," the novel by Rebecca Walker that
Deadline reports that Madonna plans to direct and has lined up Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen; a screenwriter has not yet been attached.
"Ade" is Walker's first novel. The daughter of Alice Walker is the author of the acclaimed memoirs "Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and "Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence."
But it's the 2002 film "Swept Away" that seems closest to "Ade." Madonna starred in "Swept Away" (directed by her then-husband,
With "Ade," the Material Girl has found a way to shoot another film on a beautiful island.
In our pages, Margaret Wappler gave the novel a mixed review. "Between lovely descriptions of the island's sun-dazed beauty and Farida's all-consuming infatuation, Walker salts in acute realizations of how place and romantic attachment can instill a sense of belonging while simultaneously complicating notions of identity," she writes. "But too many opportunities -- Farida mentions 'the way I veiled and covered for you' -- aren't properly explored here. By the end, when Farida is battling
"Ade" was published by Little A, Amazon Publishing's literary fiction imprint.