Between officially getting married to Brad Pitt, prepping for Unbroken due out this Christmas and writing and starring with Pitt in By The Sea, due out next year, one could say that Angelina Jolie has been busy lately. Even still, she’s managed to find her next film subject—the ivory poaching industry in Africa.
BBC News reports that Jolie will direct Africa, a film about Richard Leakey, a Kenyan politician and conservationist who fought against ivory poachers. Leakey is known for his extreme measures to help Kenya’s elephant and rhino populations against illegal ivory hunters. The screenplay will be penned by Eric Roth, who took home an Oscar for writing Forrest Gump.
Jolie described the film as being 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”. She also added that she’s “felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life.”
David Ellison is producing the film, saying in the report that “Africa is a story that deserves to be told.”
Sounds promising, to say the least—although movies named after continents haven’t fared too well in the past.