Madonna will direct a screenplay adaptation of “Adé: A Love Story,” a debut novel written by Spalding faculty member and alumna, Rebecca Walker. The film will be produced by Bruce Cohen, who won the Best Picture Oscar for producing “American Beauty” and additionally earned Best Picture nominations for “Milk” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The novel, which is based on Walker’s experiences, depicts a sophisticated college student who falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on a tranquil island off the Kenyan coast. They subsequently plan to marry and look forward to spending their lives together in Kenya. However, sickness and civil war place their happiness in jeopardy.
Walker, author of the best-selling memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, teaches as faculty in Spalding’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing program and is a 2009 graduate of the same program. “She has creative abilities in many forms of writing, personal nonfiction as well as fiction, and of course we’re delighted that the film based on her novel has ever chance of making a huge national splash,” says Program Director Sena Naslund.
“[Adé] reads like a memoir, and its prose is as concentrated and image filled as a parable. Readers will relish the dreamlike story of love and surrender.” —Library Journal
“Memoirist Walker makes her fiction debut with a short, sad tale of love that flowers but cannot take root in Kenya. The prose is gorgeous.” —Kirkus Reviews