Madonna will deliver her next project — a movie, not an album or a
baby, for those keeping score — on October 11, according to Sony
Pictures, distributors of “Swept Away.”
The movie was directed by Guy Ritchie, who’s both the Material Mom’s husband
and the rough-and-tumble British filmmaker behind the nearly
incomprehensible yet well-received import hits “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and
Two Smoking Barrels.” The film stars Madonna as a snobby socialite who is
shown the error of her ways by a handsome stranger (newcomer Adriano
Giannini) when the pair are marooned together on a small island.
It’s the second time Madonna’s worked with her current husband (Ritchie
helmed the controversial video for “What It Feels Like for a Girl”) and the
second time she’s made a film with a spouse. “Shanghai Surprise,” the 1986
movie in which she co-starred with then-husband Sean Penn, like most of
Madonna’s ventures into Hollywood, was a critical and commercial failure,
though she did win accolades 10 years later for her starring role in
At one point titled “Love, Sex, Drugs and Death,” “Swept Away” was shot in
Malta and various Mediterranean locations late last year. It’s based on the
1974 Italian film “Travolti da un Insolito Destino Nell’Azzurro Mare
D’Agosto.” In addition to Madonna and Giannini, “Swept Away” also stars
Bruce Greenwood (“Thirteen Days”).
Meanwhile, Madonna has a cameo in a much larger project, “Die Another Day,”
the latest James Bond flick, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry. She’ll
show up briefly as a fencing instructor when the movie hits theaters this
Madonna also recorded the title track for the “Die Another Day” soundtrack,
following in the footsteps of such other Bond film contributors as Duran
Duran and A-Ha. The single will be released at the end of October.
She’ll soon return to London to continue working on her new album, which she
began recording during the spring, according to her Warner Bros.
spokesperson. Madonna’s still-untitled forthcoming disc is being produced by
Mirwais, who also handled 2000’s Music.