The film, Jolie's fourth directorial effort, is from Skydance
Productions, the company behind recent "Terminator" and
"Mission: Impossible" films. The screenplay is from Eric Roth,
who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump."
"I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much
of my life," said Jolie in a statement.
Leakey, she said, emerged from the violent conflict with
elephant poachers "with a deeper understanding of man's
footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world
Skydance Chief Executive David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp
founder Larry Ellison, said: "It is very close to my heart, and
I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina's hands."
Jolie will be joined by cinematographer Roger Deakins, who also
worked on her next release "Unbroken," a Universal Pictures
biopic of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner turned war hero
that opens in December.
Universal said in July that it acquired worldwide rights to
Jolie's "By the Sea," a drama in production, written and
directed by the actress who is also co-starring with husband
(Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Tom
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