Madonna, who directed W.E, chats to the movie's stars Abbie Cornish and James D'Arcy during the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011. Photo: Reuters
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.