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 "Evita."
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 fall.
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.