Angelina Jolie to Direct Richard Leakey Biopic for Skydance Productions

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Just like her previous movies, it is another true-life drama

With the World War II drama Unbroken readying for a release later this year, Angelina Jolie has set her sights on her next directorial project.

And just like her previous movies, it is another true-life drama.

Jolie has signed on to direct Africa, Skydance Productions’ drama centering on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant.

The script by Eric Roth is described as a “sweeping epic” which tells the story of African-born Leakey, a fossil hunter who helped find bones of early man but later turned his attention to combating elephant and rhino poaching.

The film will be produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance, as well as Jon Peters. Jolie will also produce.

Roger Deakins, the acclaimed cinematographer who worked with Jolie on Unbroken, will reteam with the filmmaker for Africa.

"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.

Said Ellison: "Africa is a story that deserves to be told. 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."

Jolie is currently in production on By the Sea, directing the drama she wrote and that also stars husband Brad Pitt as well as Melanie Laurent and Niels Arestrup. Unbroken, the story of World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini, opens Christmas Day.

Jolie is repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and Sloane Offer.