Madonna to direct movie based on life of ballerina Michaela DePrince

MGM announces the singer will direct Taking Flight, the story of DePrince’s journey from war orphan in Sierra Leone to world-class ballerina.

 

Madonna is to return to the movies after a seven-year absence to direct Taking Flight, a feature film based on the life of Michaela DePrince, a war orphan from Sierra Leone who became a leading ballerina.

According to Deadline, Hollywood studio MGM has been developing the project since 2015 when it acquired the rights to DePrince’s memoir, co-written with her adoptive mother, Elaine. 

“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” Madonna said. “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 honoured to bring her story to life.”

Photography: Wikkie Hermans

Photography: Wikkie Hermans