The studio has been developing "Taking Flight" since 2015, when it first bought rights to Michaela and Elaine DePrince's memoir, "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina."
The book follows Michaela DePrince's life from an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone to a world-renowned ballerina.
"Michaela's journey resonated with me deeply as both an artistE and an activist who understands adversity. 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," Madonna said.
Madonna made her feature directing debut on the 2008 British comedy "Filth and Wisdom." She also helmed and co-wrote 2011's "W.E.", which chronicled the relationship between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Her upcoming projects also include co-writing and directing a film adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer's novel "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.
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