Angelina Jolie to Direct Movie Titled ‘Africa’.
The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.
“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”
“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.
*Always the animals before us. First our basic livelihoods were demolished. The same livelihoods which emphasized respect for our surroundings. Europeans and Americans practiced unstoppable hunting as hobbies and ruined our countries leaving us poor and desperate. Now they own the lands which their people huddle to looking for the “real African experience” and our landless people are then forced into the poaching industry. In the end we are shown to be the aggressors. Greedy, uneducated and unsympathetic to our animals. Wake me up when there’s a film about Africans risking their lives to fight poachers. Better yet, let’s make one and have it screened all over the African diaspora to counteract these white man saves Africa stories.
Fuck this shit.