Angelina Jolie to direct Bosnian War love story

4:40 PM PST 08/22/2010 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Actress also wrote screenplay for low-budget indie feature

Taking a step back from a Hollywood career that is going gangbusters, Angelina Jolie plans to spend the fall directing a low-budget independent feature in Eastern Europe.

Although Jolie lent her star power to the action-packed "Salt," which has grossed $216.3 million globally, and next stars opposite Johnny Depp in the international thriller "The Tourist," coming in December, for her dramatic feature directorial debut, she will focus on a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War, which pitted Bosniaks against Serbs during the first half of the 1990s.

Jolie, a frequent visitor to the region as a Goodwill Ambassador for the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has written her own original untitled screenplay about a love affair between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian military man.

The project, which primarily will be in English and budgeted at less than $15 million, is being backed by Graham King's GK Films, which also produced "Tourist," as well as private equity.

Jolie, who won't appear in the film, plans to employ local actors from the Bosnia and Herzegovina area. Filming will take place in the fall, though for security reasons exact dates and locations haven't been announced.

Jolie, King and GK Films partner Tim Headington will take producing credits.

Jolie was in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this past weekend, meeting with the country's leaders to discuss the plight of the more than 113,000 displaced persons living in the country.

"The film is a love story, not a political statement," Jolie said in a statement released by the UNHCR during her visit. "I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can."

Although the project would be the first dramatic feature she has helmed, Jolie, repped by Media Talent Group, directed the 2007 documentary "A Place in Time," also known as "A Moment in the World," which captured scenes throughout the world at the same moment on Jan. 11, 2005.

Jolie's upcoming acting slate includes such projects as "Sleeping Beauty," to be directed by Tim Burton, and "Cleopatra" for producer Scott Rudin.

While it readies Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Tourist" for release, GK Films is shooting Martin Scorsese's first 3D feature, "Hugo Cabret." It recently completed filming "The Rum Diary," starring Depp, along with Depp's production company Infinitum Nihil, and William Monahan's crime drama "London Boulevard," starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.
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