The Oscar-winning actress who burst into the public sphere with a series of iconoclastic performances back in the 90s has accepted her next helming project. Angelina Jolie has announced her upcoming directorial project will be Africa, a biopic of famed paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey. The movie will centre around his struggle in the late 80s with a slew of elephant poachers, whose activities seriously threatened the future survival of the African elephant.
Like Jolie’s most recent behind-the-camera output – it’s based on a true story. She recently finished shooting the World War II Louis Zamperini biopic, Unbroken, which came after her directorial debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, in 2011. Today’s announcement also revealed she will reunite once again with The Coens’ go-to cinematographer, Roger Deakins, for Africa.
Skydance Productions’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg are in line to produce along with Jolie, who spoke today on her reasons for opting to helm the compelling tale:
“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him.”
With Jolie’s UN humanitarian duties and her current work on By The Sea – another directing gig with husband Brad Pitt – it’ll likely be a little while until cameras roll. Whenever the shoot commences, it’s another win for Hollywood that female directors are tackling gritty topics and… well, they’re actually getting gigs. Jolie’s work so far has proven her dedication to raising awareness of social issues – while making compelling flicks to boot. Producer Ellison is in agreement, as he discussed his expectations for Africa:
“I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”
What are your thoughts on Jolie’s next gig? Happy she’s covering another true life story? Or should she direct a comic book movie? Sound off, below!