Jolie, Pitt have aid for HBO series

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are making their first joint producing effort with a series project at HBO.

"The Bourne Ultimatum" co-writer Scott Burns is penning the untitled drama, which will explore the behind-the scenes politics of an international aid organization and chronicle the lives of humanitarian workers assigned to dangerous zones and the people in need they assist.

Jolie, Pitt and Burns, producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," are executive producing. Jolie's longtime manager, Media Talent Group's Geyer Kosinski, serves as co-executive producer.

The series has been a passion project for Jolie since she did the 2003 feature "Beyond Borders," a drama about disaster-relief workers in war-torn countries.

Since 2001, Jolie has been a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency, traveling to hot zones to help people displaced by wars and natural disasters.

Jolie and Pitt are active humanitarians. Through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, launched a year ago, they have supported a number of international aid organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children, which each received a $1 million donation.

The aid workers series marks Jolie's return to HBO 10 years after her breakthrough starring role in the cable network's biopic "Gia," which earned her a Golden Globe win, a SAG Award and an Emmy nomination.

Pitt already is in business with HBO. Along with Edward Norton, he is executive producing the HBO/National Geographic miniseries "Undaunted Courage," now in development. Michelle Ashford is penning the 10-hour miniseries based on the book by Stephen F. Ambrose, which tells the story of the legendary journey across the Western U.S. by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the early 1800s (HR 5/31/06).

Jolie most recently starred in the feature "A Mighty Heart," about the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl. Pitt was a producer on "Heart."

Burns' directing debut, "Pu-239," which he also wrote, is slated to premiere Nov. 17 on HBO. He recently penned a feature adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald's novel "The Informant," which is slated to begin production early next year with Steven Soderbergh attached to direct and Matt Damon to star.
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