”I had death threats in my life. Many times! Because people misinterpreted my work or they don’t like the particular people I am helping. I have been to so many different countries where there are different kids of threats, being in places as an outspoken American woman. I’m a believer that if I can help then that’s where I will go. I had a moment recently when I went to Afghanistan, and they said ‘[These people] are very angry with you. They are angry that you are a woman, and you are American, and you are with UNHCR, so you are the target.’ And so they gave me a breifing and they said everybody needs to write their blood type down. There’s a guy outside with a bulletproof vest; he would be the one to take me out. I wrote a note to Brad in the process and figured if anything happens he’ll find it. I was fine, but then two weeks later they did attack the UN and they killed everybody in the bunker.”


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 forAfrica.

"I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and responded immediately to Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into a violent conflict that leads him to discover his own profound connection to that same place and people," 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 ArestrupUnbroken, the story of World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini, opens Christmas Day.



Brad was on the set of Maleficent with Angie and kids.  (credit to Disney)