Madonna signs on to direct her third film

Madonna attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Madonna is stepping behind the camera for a third time.

The performer has signed on to direct an adaptation of Rebecca Walker's novel, "Ade: A Love Story," Deadline reports.

The novel revolves around an American college student who falls in love with a young Muslim man on an island off the coast of Kenya. They make plans to marry, but are thwarted by a variety of cultural and political forces.

Walker, the daughter of "The Color Purple" novelist Alice Walker, has written several memoirs including " Black, White and Jewish - Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and "Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence."

When the novel came out last fall, Madonna provided an enthusiastic blurb that said: "Read this book! An incredible journey! A beautiful LOVE story!"

The film version will be produced by Bruce Cohen ("Silver Linings Playbook"), according to Deadline. No screenwriter has yet been announced.

Madonna, 55, has previously directed the 2008 comedy "Filth and Wisdom" and 2011's "W.E.," which chronicled the love story between Britain's King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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