By Jenni Miller
Angelina Jolie isn't giving up the director's chair any time soon. The multihyphenate just tossed another high-profile project onto her to-do pile, and it's serious business. "Africa" is about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey's fight against ivory poachers in the '80s.
When Leakey was the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the organization was given "presidential permission to shoot poachers on sight," which made Leakey a target himself. "When I was head of the Kenya Wildlife Service I had five bodyguards, night and day, 24/7," he told Newsweek. "And I needed them. There were many, shall we say, interesting incidents." Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump" and nominations for "The Insider," "Munich," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," will pen the script.
Of course, Jolie's got plenty to do before tackling "Africa." Her next film, "Unbroken," is a prestige picture about the life of Olympic runner and POW Louis Zamperini, who passed away this past July. "Unbroken," which stars Jack O'Connell as Zamperini, will be released nationwide on Christmas. She's currently filming "By the Sea" with her husband Brad Pitt; she wrote the script and is directing and starring in the film. That's slated for a 2015 release.
It's also worth reiterating that Angelina Jolie starred in what's surely Disney's most radically subversive movie yet, "Maleficent," which racked up over $754 million worldwide.