Madonna returning to film directing

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Madonna is to try her hand at directing once again, with a film adaptation of Rebecca Walker's novel Ade: A Love Story.

The Queen of pop's last directing effort in 2011, W.E. - a film about the love affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson - was panned by critics and flopped at the box office, making less than one million dollars worldwide.

But Madonna will return behind the camera to direct Ade, Deadline reports.

Rebecca's novel is based on personal experience, and tells the story of a college student who falls in love with a young Swahili man named Ade, living on a paradise island off the coast of Kenya.

They plan to marry and live a simple life together but are caught in the middle of a civil war, which threatens to tear them apart.

The film will be produced by Bruce Cohen, who shared a Best Picture Oscar for American Beauty and more recently produced award-winning films Milk and Silver Linings Playbook.

Madonna and the producers are set to appoint a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Rebecca Walker is the daughter of Alice Walker, author of The Colour Purple.

Madonna, who was previously married to filmmaker Guy Ritchie, also directed an indie comedy, Filth And Wisdom, in 2008.

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