Wow. According to EW, Angelina Jolie has just signed on to direct a biopic, Africa, which tells the story of a (white) Kenyan Richard Leakey. He was a man who protested and fought against elephant poachers in the '80s and '90s. It is written by Eric Roth, and is backed by Skydance Productions.
I am loving this new phase in Angelina's career. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE her onscreen. She always stands out on screen for me. Even if the movie is horrible--Alexander--she is almost always the best person in the movie. But she's now a woman who is making a second career in directing and producing.
To be even more blunt, she's a woman who isn't relying on her looks or fame to keep her career going. She realizes that she needs to push her career further and further--that she can't just keep doing the same old, same old. She realizes that there is new talent coming, and that no, she won't always be the person who every director/producer in town is running to. No one is.
And the best part is that she's doing something that will open more and more doors for women to be taken seriously by producers and studios in Hollywood. We need more representation of female director and producers. Right now, it's Angelina, Megan Ellison, Susan Downey, and Kathryn Bigelow.
And I love that she's picking interesting projects with some kind of meaning to her. So I can't wait. I can't wait for Unbroken, or By The Sea.