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MGM has set Madonna to direct Taking Flight, a feature film based on the true story of Michaela DePrince, who grew up an orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone but rose to become a world-renowned ballerina. Camilla Blackett (Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, The Newsroom) will adapt the script from DePrince and her mother Elaine DePrince’s 2014 memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.
Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce alongside Ben Pugh and Guy Oseary. MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman and executive director of Worldwide Motion Pictures Tabitha Shick are overseeing for the studio.
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DePrince’s father was shot and killed by rebels when she was 3 during Sierra Leone’s civil war and her mother died of fever and starvation a week later. She also had three brothers who died young. Her uncle sent her to an orphanage, and she was eventually adopted by a U.S. family (the eighth of 11 children — nine adopted), who recognized her talents and encouraged her to pursue ballet. She graduated from New York’s American Ballet Theatre and made her professional debut at age 17...
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