Madonna is pirouetting back into the director's chair to adapt ballet dancer Michaela DePrince memoir "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina."

FILe - In this July 10, 2012 file photo, dancer Michaela DePrince rehearses for her lead role in Le Corsaire in Johannesburg. Pop Star Madonna will direct a film based on DePrince's memoir “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.” DePrince overcame a childhood in war-stricken Sierra Leone to become a world class ballerina. (AP Photo Denis Farrell, File)

- Associated Press
Thursday, March 15th 2018, 15:07 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madonna is pirouetting back into the director's chair.

MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman says Tuesday that the pop music icon will direct a film based on ballet dancer Michaela DePrince's memoir "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina."

DePrince overcame a childhood in war-stricken Sierra Leone to become a world class ballerina. She made her debut at age 17 in South Africa's Joburg Ballet and also appeared in Beyonce's "Lemonade."

Madonna has directed two previous features: The 2008 comedy "Filth and Wisdom" and the Wallis Simpson drama "W.E." She is also working on a film adaptation of the novel "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells."

No cast or release date is set for "Taking Flight," but "Fresh Off the Boat" writer Camilla Blackett will pen the screenplay.

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