Angelina Jolie and Son Maddox Are Making a Movie Together
By Julie Miller
It looks as though Angelina Jolie will join husband Brad Pitt at Netflix.
On Thursday, the Internet television network announced that it is partnering with Jolie for a project that will lure Hollywood's most famous actress away from movie theaters — temporarily, at least.
Jolie, who last directed the awards contender "Unbroken," will direct an adaptation of another inspiring memoir — this time, "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," the 2000 book from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.
In addition to directing and producing the Netflix Original Film, Jolie also worked with Ung to adapt the book for the screen.
"I was deeply affected by Loung's book," Jolie says in a statement. "It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son's homeland ... It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I'm honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh."
The press release adds that Jolie's Cambodian-born son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, will also be involved in the making of the film — although it does not specify what his role will be. In Vanity Fair's 2014 feature story on Jolie, Janine di Giovanni reported that the 13-year-old worked as a production assistant on Jolie’s upcoming directorial effort By the Sea, which stars Jolie and Pitt.
In the press release, Jolie also explained why she — arguably the world's biggest movie star — is turning to Netflix.
"Films like this are hard to watch but important to see," said Jolie. "They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people."
In a statement from the author, Ung reveals that she has known Jolie for over a decade.
"Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina's heart," said Loung Ung. "Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown. It is with great honor that I entrust my family's story to Angelina to adapt into a film."
Netflix confirms that the film will be available next year, and will be submitted to major international film festivals.
The film will take place in Cambodia, where Jolie's adopted son was born.
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