Dianne Houston of "Take the Lead" fame has signed to do the film adaptation of the novel "Adé: A Love Story" based on real-life events of its author Rebecca Walker, with Madonna set to direct. Read on for further details.
Houston’s credits includes directing episodes of several TV shows including "Strong Medicine," "NYPD Blue," "Crossing Jordan," "City of Angels" and "Single Ladies." The African-American film director, screenwriter and producer's writing credits include the feature film "Take the Lead," a 2006 dance drama that starred Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta and Alfre Woodard. In 1994, she directed the short film “Tuesday Morning Ride” and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1995. She is the only African-American woman to be nominated for a directing work.
"Adé: A Love Story" centers on a 19-year-old American student — black, white, Christian and Jewish like Walker herself, the daughter of “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Levanthal. Walker, a child of divorce, used this understanding brilliantly in the story, an epigrammatic, intense love story grounded in excruciating reality. The protagonist sets out on a journey with her friend to Egypt and ends in Lamu, off the coast of Kenya. There, she falls in love with a handsome Swahili Muslim man named Adé. Adé names her Farida. The couple then plan to marry and reside in Kenya. But their plans are put into a halt due to a civil war, which eventually intimidated their union.
Bruce Cohen, Jessica Leventhal and Walker are producing. This will be Madonna's second directorial venture after the 2011 feature film "W.E.," which was about the relationship between British King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. The Weinstein Company released "W.E." in 2011. Moreover, Amazon's Little A published Walker's book in 2013. Click here to buy a copy of "Adé: A Love Story."
And that’s it for "Adé: A Love Story" film adaptation, with Madonna set to direct and Dianne Houston to write the screenplay. For more updates on upcoming films, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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