Angelina Jolie is certainly taking her directing career seriously. She’s already got Unbroken being released later this year, is currently on set helming By The Sea (which she also wrote) and now Deadline reports that she’s attached to direct Africa.
The movie will follow Richard Leakey, who’s perhaps best known internationally for his work as an paleoanthropologist, investigating and finding fossils from some of the earliest human ancestors. However the film is more interested in his work helping to rein in elephant and rhino poaching, which was threatening to ensure the animals’ extinction in only a few years.
Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump, The Insider) has come up with the script.
Jolie comments, “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.”
There’s no info on when the movie might shoot.