Jolie adds true-life drama to future slate…
Angelina Jolie and acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins, who recently worked together on the World War II drama ‘Unbroken,’ are set reteam for the true-life drama ‘Africa.’
The project features a script by Eric Roth, and according to THR, the “sweeping epic” tells the story of Richard Leakey, an African-born paleo-archaeologist “who helped find bones of early man but later turned his attention to combating elephant and rhino poaching.
David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions, along with Jon Peters and Jolie, will produce the drama.
“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,” said Jolie.
Ellison added, “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.”
The plan is for Jolie to getting moving on the true-life drama after she wraps up her current gig, directing her script ‘By The Sea’ in which she stars opposite husband Brad Pitt.
‘Unbroken,’ which chronicles the life of Olympic runner-turned-prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, opens in Irish cinemas December 26th.