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Third time's the charm? Madonna to direct Ade: A Love Story

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Despite an almost uniformly terrible track record in cinema, it seems the Queen of Pop is determined to conquer the big screen.

Madonna is to direct her third feature, Ade: A Love Story, based on a novel by Kim Walker, daughter of The Color Purple author Alice Walker, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The book, published last October, centres on an 19-year-old US student who is travelling in Africa with a friend and falls in love with a Muslim man.

It features several Madonna-friendly themes such as sex, religion and race and she has already provided a promotional quote for the book, exclaiming "An incredible journey! A beautiful LOVE story!"

Madonna's previous directorial efforts failed to create a stir at box offices. Filth and Wisdom, about a London cross-dressing wannabe rock star, was savaged by critics and earned $355,000 globally.

W.E., about the love affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and starring Australian actor Abbie Cornish, scraped earnings of $US868,000 ($947, 000), on a budget of $US29 million following its 2011 release.

But, despite her shaky record, producer Bruce Cohen is going ahead with the film. He was previously a producer on the award-laden Silver Linings Playbook.