from this Variety article, along with some initial thoughts
Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa” for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.
white american women set to direct a film called “Africa”. we’re already off to a bad start.
The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.
i’m very interested in knowing what these people know about the “very soul of Africa”. Also the conservation work in question occurred in Kenya, as in ONE OF THE MANY NATIONS OF THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. Would you call a movie about the French Revolution “Europe”???? NOPE
“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “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.”
though Richard Leakey (a white man of british parentage) has no doubt led an interesting life and done a lot of important work and made a lot of wonderful contrubutions… is his biopic REALLY the story about Africa that “deserves to be told”???!?!?!?!! Off the top of my head i can think of about 20 that i’d rather see on the big screen.
“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.
I was actually really disappointed by Jolie for this. As a former Goodwill Ambassador who has visited several different African regions and nations in her humanitarian work, she should really have a better perspective on how Africa is NOT A MONOLITH. What is this single African culture that you feel so deeply connected to? What is this “soul of Africa” that you somehow think you know? And why does the story of Africa that “deserves to be told” have a white face plastered on top???