Angelina Jolie signs up to direct ivory-poaching film ‘Africa’
Angelina Jolie has confirmed that she is to direct a new film about conservationist Richard Leakey, who has battled for years against the illegal ivory trade. Entitled Africa, the film’s screenplay is being written by Eric Roth, the man behind the script for Forrest Gump, which earned the writer an Academy Award.
Jolie herself describes the film as being 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.”
Leakey’s long-running battles with ivory poachers on the continent have included some pretty extreme measures, including sending helicopter gunships into national parks.
The film will be produced by David Ellison, who has worked on films including Jack Reacher and True Grit.