Angelina Jolie To Direct The Movie, Africa
Academy Award winning actress and filmmaker, Angelina Jolie Pitt is set to direct a “sweeping epic” film about veteran Kenyan conservationist Richard Leakey's fight with ivory poachers.
The plot of the movie is about a man drawn in to the violent conflict with elephant poachers even as he experiences a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him.
On what motivated Jolie into being part of the great movie, she said “I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script.”
The new movie for Skydance Productions will be produced by Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Jon Peters. She will team up again with renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins, who also shot the flick “Unbroken.”
Leakey, 69, is a former head of Kenya Wildlife Service and was key to squashing the rampant poaching of the late 1980s, using extreme measures including sending helicopter gunships in to national parks.
Ellison called Leakey “inspirational,” saying, " ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told. I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands,” he added.
There is no specifics yet on whether the the production team will shoot the movie in a location in Kenya to maintain the authenticity of the film’s story. However, rumor has it that it would most likely be filmed in South Africa.