Madonna to direct Michaela DePrince Biopic “Taking Flight”
Madonna will direct “Taking Flight”, a feature film based on the true story of ballerina Michaela DePrince, who grew up an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone, for MGM.
Michaela DePrince is currently a soloist at the Dutch National Ballet.
Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman and executive director of Worldwide Motion Pictures Tabitha Shick are overseeing for the studio.
“Michaela’s journey resonated with me deeply as both an artist and an activist who understands adversity,” said Madonna. “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.”
Camilla Blackett will adapt the script from DePrince and her mother Elaine DePrince’s 2014 memoir “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina”.
“We could not be more thrilled that Madonna will bring this remarkable story to the big screen,” said Jonathan Glickman. “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.”
Michaela DePrince made her debut at age 17 in South Africa’s Joburg Ballet and also appeared in Beyonce’s Lemonade video.
No cast or release date is set yet.