Angelina Jolie Set to Direct Paleoanthropologist and Conservationist Richard Leakey Biopic ‘Africa’ [WATCH VIDEO]
Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct “Africa,” a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey. Read on for further details.
The plot of movie will be based on real-life events and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa’s elephants. Leakey’s battle against ivory poachers in the 1980s will be depicted in the movie when he was the head of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS).
During his tenure as the Chairman of the KWS, Leakey ordered rangers to shoot any poachers they found. A stockpile of ivory worth millions of pounds burned to ashes by his orders. He also raised good funds from Western governments and effectively campaigned for a worldwide prohibition on ivory trading by stopping elephant poaching.
Leakey’s tenure was litigious among Kenyan politicians as the loss of revenue from the ivory trade was looked upon critically. However, his ways and struggles were valuable in remodeling not just conservation in Kenya but across the globe.
“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,” said Jolie in a statement, as published on The Guardian.
The script has been written by Eric Roth, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for “Forest Gump,” and he also penned “Munich” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Jolie is at present directing “By the Sea,” a romantic period drama set in the ’70s and also wrote the screenplay for the film. She stars in the film along with husband Brad Pitt and is being filmed in Malta.
The 39-year-old actress made her directorial debut in 2007 with the documentary “A Place in Time.” Then in 2011 came the film “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” about the Bosnian war. Her third film, “Unbroken,” is in post-production and will be out in 2015. This will be Jolie’s fifth film as a director.
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