Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Madonna is making another movie: Third time's the charm?


"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I grew up with the William Edward Hickson proverb painted on the side of a decorative jug; a daily reminder to persevere in the face of failure. I wonder if Madonna had a little brown jug in her house too, or is it something in her DNA? According to the Hollywood Reporter, after two rough go's - WE and Wisdom and Filth were not well-received -Madonna is taking on the role of 'director' for the third time. The project is Rebecca Walker's debut novel Ade: A Love Story. I think it's Madonna's passion for the book that's pushing her forward. She posted this online when the novel was first published last year.
"Read this Book! An incredible journey! A Beautiful LOVE story!"
What's it about?  
In this stunning debut novel, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated 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 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. Haunting, exquisite, and certain to become a classic, Adé will stay with you long after you put it down. This is a timeless love story set perfectly, heartbreakingly, in our time.

The daughter of Alice Walker (The Color Purple) Rebecca Walker is also the author of a memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self about growing up in an interracial family further complicated by her parents being from different religious back-grounds. Her father is a civil rights lawyer. Ms. Walker is going to coproduce with Bruce Cohen, who produced Silver Linings Playbook and American Beauty

I'm thrilled that a woman with Madonna's power to make things happen wants to take on nuanced stories that challenge and provoke how we look at love, and its place in a tumultuous world. You go, girl!  Or words to that effect.

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