Angelina Jolie to Direct ‘Africa’ for Skydance Productions

Angelina Jolie Directing 'Africa,' Richard Leakey

Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa” for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.

The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.

“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and 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.”

Roger Deakins, who worked with Jolie on “Unbroken,” is also on board as the film’s cinematographer.

“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.

“Unbroken” which is based on the true story of Olympic star and WWII POW Zamperini bows on Christmas Day. Jolie is currently directing the Universal pic “By the Sea” which she wrote and also stars in opposite husband Brad Pitt.

She is repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.

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  1. S A-M says:

    Please tell me they can come up with a better working title than that.

  2. ivan143823 says:

    She realizes there are 47 countries and lots of different cultures in Africa…right?

  3. Belo Brescia says:

    And then the life of Jane Goodall will be on the big that is an one has done or is doing ad much as she is. My dear friend Jane Goodall who inspired me to write books..

    • cathy says:

      If she is your good friend, you should be aware of four movies done about Ms. Goodall: The Hadza: Last of the First, An Evening With Jane Goodall Live, Jane’s Journey, Surviving Progress.

  4. PETER says:

    Thank you, Angelina. And we are looking forward to UNBROKEN.

  5. LOL says:

    Jolie is perhaps the only current icon in the world that we all feel possessive of: like she belongs to us and her welfare and success is something we all share in. There is something very selfless yet elevated about her. Can’t think of anyone else like that currently, and I say this as someone that abhors celebrity culture.

    • Ken says:

      What a lovely thing to write. I’ve been an enormous admirer of hers for the longest time…and you’ve articulated my thoughts perfectly. Thank you LOL. Ms. Jolie-Pitt is not only an iconic beauty and a damn fine actress…she is also a woman of conscience. I look forward to both UNBROKEN and now AFRICA.

  6. rjgforu99 says:

    This lady really in all honesty pretty damn amazing..

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