Angelina Jolie has set up “Africa” at Skydance Productions as her next directorial project.
The film deals with paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey who set out to stop the African ivory poachers whose practices nearly put the noble elephant on a path to extinction.
In a statement, Jolie says: “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.”
Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider”) is writing the screenplay while David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing. Roger Deakins will serve as cinematographer.
Jolie is currently shooting “By the Sea” in which she also stars alongside husband Brad Pitt.