Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic Africa
(Los Angeles) – Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct “Africa,” a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa´s elephants.
The film, Jolie´s fourth directorial effort, is from Skydance Productions, the company behind recent “Terminator” and “Mission: Impossible” films. The screenplay is from Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for “Forrest Gump.” “I´ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life,” said Jolie in a statement.
Leakey, she said, emerged from the violent conflict with elephant poachers “with a deeper understanding of man´s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him.”
Skydance Chief Executive David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp founder Larry Ellison, said: “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina´s hands.” Jolie will be joined by cinematographer Roger Deakins, who also worked on her next release “Unbroken,” a Universal Pictures biopic of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner turned war hero that opens in December.