Sep 20, 2014

Angelina Jolie signs on to direct biopic 'Africa'


Angelina Jolie has only just offered a first look at her next project By the Sea, and her upcoming biopic Unbroken hasn’t yet hit theaters. But already the busy actor/writer/producer/director has lined up her next project.

Jolie has signed on to direct and produce Africa, which is written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth, whose last film was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before he delved into television with projects like Luck and House of Cards.

Africa is another biopic for Jolie, and will tell the story of Kenyan politician and paleoanthropoligst Richard Leakey, who battled with elephant poachers to protect the animal’s population in Africa. In the 1980s and 1990s, Leakey made it a priority to combat poachers while he served as the head of Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Department.

Skydance Productions will be behind the film, which is a change of pace for the company currently producing Star Trek 3 and the Terminator franchise revival Terminator: Genisys.

Unbroken, which tells the story of Olympic athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who became a prisoner of war during World War II, will debut on Dec. 25. Unbroken‘s cinematographer Roger Deakins will join Jolie on Africa.

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