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Angelina Jolie Pitt Will Direct a New Movie for Netflix!

Angelina Jolie Pitt Will Direct a New Movie for Netflix!

Angelina Jolie Pitt is set to direct an upcoming original movie for Netflix titled First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

The film is “based on a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime,” according to Variety.

Angelina is set to produce the film and she even co-wrote the script. It will be released on Netflix in late 2016.

“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Angelina said 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.”

Angelina and Brad Pitt‘s son Maddox, who was born in Cambodia, will be involved in the production of the movie.

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  • Malf

    Jared was fast with the thread this time. LOL.

  • JPFamily

    This sounds amazing and a wonderful project for Angelina, Maddox and the whole family – will begin filming later this year:
    http://deadline.com/2015/07/angelina-jolie-netflix-movie-first-they-killed-my-father-cambodia-memoir-1201484348/
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angelina-jolie-pitt-direct-netflix-810831
    http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/angelina-jolie-pitt-netflix-movie-direct-1201547605/

    http://www.thewrap.com/angelina-jolie-to-direct-netflix-movie-first-they-killed-my-father/
    Angelina Jolie Pitt to Direct Netflix Movie ‘First They Killed My Father’
    Project is an adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir
    Angelina Jolie Pitt has signed on to direct an adaptation of “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” for Netflix.
    Read the full press release below.
    ANGELINA JOLIE PITT TO DIRECT FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER, AN UNFLINCHING PORTRAYAL OF WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, AS A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
    Beverly Hills, Ca. July 23, 2015 —- Angelina Jolie Pitt will direct an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.

    Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the Netflix Original Film from a script she co-adapted with Ung. Acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language film The Missing Picture, will also be a producer.

    The film will be made available to members of the world’s leading Internet TV network in late 2016 and will be submitted to major international festivals.

    Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly two million Cambodians died. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps. Ung survived and wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000. Jolie Pitt read the book and contacted Ung over a decade ago and they became close friends. Together they adapted the book into a screenplay.

    “I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” commented Jolie Pitt. “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.” She added, “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.” Jolie Pitt’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox, will also be involved in the production of the film.

    Netflix’s global reach was a major factor in Jolie Pitt’s desire to partner with the streaming service. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” said Jolie Pitt. “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.” The film will be released in both Khmer and English.

    “We are proud to be working with Angelina Jolie in bringing this emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting story exclusively to Netflix members around the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Loung Ung’s incredible journey is a testament to the human spirit and its ability to transcend even the toughest circumstances.”

    “Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina’s heart,” commented author 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.”
    Loung Ung is currently writing her first novel, and is a co-owner of Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1995, Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia and has devoted herself to helping her native land heal from the traumas of war. Loung’s other works include Lucky Child and Lulu in the Sky. She was also a contributing writer on the groundbreaking film, Girl Rising.

    First They Killed My Father will begin production later this year in Cambodia and will precede Jolie Pitt’s filming of Africa which focuses on paleo-anthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey’s decades-long fight to save Africa from the illegal wildlife trade. Africa was postponed to provide additional time to get the script finalized and all production elements lined up properly to provide for the ambitious scope of the film. Jolie Pitt remains committed to making the film and continues her strong support of Dr. Leakey, the people of Kenya and ending wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade

    Jolie Pitt is currently in post-production on By The Sea, an adult drama written and directed by Jolie Pitt, starring Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, that will be released by Universal this year. Jolie Pitt recently directed Universal’s Unbroken, based on the life of Olympian and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini. Jolie Pitt made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.

    About Netflix
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  • lurker

    thanks jared,looking forward to this film

  • Jenny from the flop

    Yas!! Slay queen!!!!!!!!

  • Beck

    Curious how Maddox will be ‘involved’. Will he be like a set assistant or make a cameo or what?

  • busted

    OH boy I was on the last thread..

    So the Hags can stop worrying.. Angie has a JOB.. lol.. as if she wouldn’t. But don’t you love that she is doing what she said she wanted to do.. Direct. Also directing the kind of films that mean something to her; not taking on things that don’t have meaning for her at all. Beautiful thing to see.

  • Lily

    This is an amazing project for Angie, Maddox could be starring in the movie. Finally JJ got Angie’s name right Angelina Jolie Pitt. Only quesrtion when she will film it . i guess assume Brad will finish War Machine in November. She starts in November.

  • 50ftQueenie

    Terrific news! So glad she will be directing something that means so much to her. I wonder how long she has been working on this script? I’m happy that she gets to do what she loves and tell stories that need to be told. Wonderful for Maddox too.

  • toastie postie

    Awesome! Great news. A perfect project for Angelina. I know Maddox will help in some way. Again what a story to present. :0)

  • gemdiamond

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! The Jolie is doing it again

  • gemdiamond

    Wooohooo!!! JJ got it right……………… ANGELINA JOLIE PITT. I luv, luv, luv it!!!

  • 50ftQueenie

    I didn’t even notice that they updated her name! That is great news as well 😀

  • busted

    Why would Maddox be starring in it. It is about a Daughter not a son. I know it says he will be involved.. but I don’t think as an actor.

  • toastie postie

    BTW – Ding a ling didn’t come visit while I was gone, did it? Usually Ding a Ling is our lucky charm. Been out working in my yard, being a Granny Grunt with neighbor guys who decided running thru my flowers, to get a Frisbee is a cool thing to do:0( -
    Grumpy when coming in and this great news. I second Gemdiamond’s Woohooo!! No longer grumpy! :0)

  • Lily

    A minor role maybe or not

  • lilya

    I assume behind the scenes, as PA like with BTS.

  • busted

    I guess.. but I suppose it is my bias.. I would love to see the kids do anything outside of acting.. I don’t know.. not even sure why I feel that way.

  • Malf

    How could Luong Ung claim she’s Angie’s friend? She doesn’t seem to know that according to the hens, Angie doesn’t have any women friends. LOL.

    I found a very good Luong Ung interview from 2012:

    http://www.bookslut.com/features/2012_05_019030.php

  • toastie postie

    Wonder if Netflix’s stocks are going to rise some more? I’m definitely going to keep my subscriptions. They’ve got the Royal couple. Sooooooooo awesome for Maddox. With parents like Angelina and Brad, he’ll be getting a great education in filmmaking. Best news for the week. Plus it looks like she’s not giving up on Africa. :0)

  • toastie postie

    Young man is getting a great education in filmmaking, that’s for sure. Awesome.

  • toastie postie

    Thanks JPFamily! Wonderful read – Look at the high regard held by those who come in contact with her, involving filmmaking and her other activities. Such praise!

    “Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina’s heart,” commented author 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.”

  • Observer2

    So, Angelina’s is taking a page out of Brad’s book. Good for her. And it looks like Africa is still a go, as of right now. Just pushed back. I hope it means that Brad is still going to star in it. They’d need a big name star for the scope, it seems.

    Brad does War Machine, Angelina directs this movie, as it fits into their schedule, it seems that War Machine and this movie, took the time allotted for Africa, then Brad goes into the Zemeckis/Marion movie and then the sequel to WWZ? Maybe.

    Seems like Maddox is the one, so far that is taking an interest in the movie making business, behind the scenes.

    Once, again, this is how the Jolie Pitt’s roll. They just go out and do.

  • lurker

    you spoke too soon lol

  • lurker

    The hens are mentally unstable

  • gemdiamond

    Good 4 U, TP!!! X more grumpy cos now that JJ is using Angie’s correct name : Angelina Jolie Pitt. Don’t U luv it!!! The lonesome cockroach tried 2 smear this thread. Just have your pesticide ready 2 spray and clean it, ASAP

  • busted

    So Angie as been working on this script for some time. OH remember those “fans” that were whining that Brad was keeping her from working. That she had nothing in the works. Yeah.. 😜

  • Bobloblaw

    Good for her. Like the new last name too.

  • Malf

    The cockroach waited for your return to invade. LOL. Poor thing, he’s already finished with celebrating Ticky’s sh*tty new job.

  • Bobloblaw

    I may be behind the 8 ball here, but when did she start going by Jolie Pitt? I am sure heads are exploding everywhere…

  • yolly

    Love that she is using Pitt .

  • gemdiamond

    LOL!!! Thnx, Malf, 4 the link 2 Luong Ung’s interview

  • toastie postie

    Will do. Sooooooooooo sorry I missed it. I’m good at dancing “La Cucaracha” dance. Love stomping.
    Not as good as my Cabbage Patch, but can’t dance CP, because I pulled a muscle trying to help Georgy Porgy from falling to pieces. His Amal has fallen in love with the camera and has lost that lovin’ feelin’ for him. Poor guy. I’m sure this news about Brad’s awesome mate will cheer him up. Hmm. Maybe not.

  • yolly

    I have NETFLIX , good news.
    God bless the Jolie Pitt family.

  • busted

    Just finished doing a bit of housekeeping on the thread. Hope others will do the same.

    So nice to finally hear about Angie’s next project in the works.

  • Observer2

    She’s obviously been paid to say that. LOL

  • busted

    Everyday of their miserable lives.

  • Observer2

    Do you think that they have hen psychiatrists? Not the same kind that Ticky has gone to for over half of her life because that hasn’t worked out well for her. LOL

  • Passing Through

    OK…I’m talking to myself on the last thread…again…LOL!

    +++++++++++++++++++++

    Woo hoo! Go Angie! Now this is a woman who knows how to follow up – AND get things done. And Maddox is going to be involved, too? Maybe he’ll get to be a production assistant again…because I can’t see Brad and Angie letting him ACT in the movie since they said they really don’t want that for their kids..

    So…it stands to reason that they’ll film this in Cambodia – and if it’s a late 2016 release, then she’ll probably shoot it after Brad finishes the Zemeckis WWII movie.

    For anyone who still though Africa was happening – ahem, Kenyan cabinet member – this is an indication that it’s not happening anything in the next 16-18 months.

    Also, wonder how much Netflix is spending on this? It’s got to be a small film – surely not more than $10-15MIL.

  • gemdiamond

    ?????
    ……………………..
    Where were U? Under a gigantic rock??? Even the trolls and haters know that Angie’s going by the name of ANGELINA JOLIE PITT!!!

  • Bobloblaw

    Wow. Yes, because no one has ever remarried before. Have a cocktail, put your feet up and watch a friends episode. You sound a bit fragile. :-)

  • Observer2

    Some of the articles have said that Africa is still happening. It’s just been pushed back to work on the script and other factors.

    I thought she’d maybe shoot this after War Machine and before the Zemeckis movie, as Brad’s got to get in front of the camera for the sequel to WWZ by next Summer.

    I wonder if this was the movie that Berger was talking about possibly working with Angelina on when he said he might be working with her on another movie?

  • Passing Through

    Moving my reply to O2 while I’m at it…

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Observer2 5 hours ago

    I thought you’d all find this funny. Aniston saying she left Plan B
    of her own accord back in 2006. It got too big y’all. That’s not what
    she signed on for.

    Aniston left Pitt company because it grew too big

    Friday, January 06, 2006 – 08:08 AM

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wish I’d have remembered this story last night because i would have thrown that info my WWF Producer Chick Smackdown. In Janaury 2006 she claimed she left because Plan B was getting too big…yet in Dec 2006 Brad told Variety that Plan B was “the child of a bitter divorce.” If she wanted out – then why did she make it so difficult for Brad to get rid of her? And why, barely 5 weeks earlier when she was pimping DeFailed, did she tell Roger Friedman that she was still part of Plan B and she didn’t know what she was going to do after Defailed (I think this link still works but I haven’t tried it in while) -

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/2005/11/01/aniston-star-shines-with-and-without-pitt/

    “I don’t know yet. I still have Plan B, our production company. It’s still the same people — me, Brad [Pitt] and Brad [Grey]. Nothing’s changed. Everyone’s getting along.”

    You know why she said it? Because lips moving = lying. And notice that she left Producer Chick out because Brad had fired her 3 months earlier after the VF article came out. Roger Friedman was shocked when she said she was still part of Plan B and nothing had changed on that front.

    What? Hello? OK.

    He might as well have said, “Biitch, please! Everybody knows Brad Grey sold his shares to Brad because he had to divest himself of ALL OUTSIDE INTERESTS when he became president of Paramount! And everybody knows Brad ain’t talking to you.!”

    About a week later didn’t she then go on Larry King and tell the world that she and Brad “Don’t not talk?”

    She lies so much I”m surprised Pinocchio hasn’t sued her for stealing his schtick.

  • Bobloblaw

    Good God, it was just a question. Hadn’t seen it in print. You people need to chill. Not here to attack her, I like her!

  • gemdiamond

    Just did my part, B!!!

  • Observer2

    She’s been using it for awhile. With her U.N. work, the PSVI work and when she wrote the op-ed for her surgery this past Spring. When Universal announced the release date for BTS, she was addressed as Angelina Jolie Pitt, also.

  • Bobloblaw

    Ahh, thank you. I guess I have been under a rock…..

  • Passing Through

    LMAO at the end of the Variety story. I guess they don’t read their rival pub THR, huh? Cuz…I think Angie said very clearly that Geyer doesn’t rep her anymore…

    She is repped by UTA and Media Talent Group

  • Bobloblaw

    Just swinging by this site. What, pray tell is a loon?

  • Lily

    So Angie goes by Angelina Jolie Pitt in everything personally and professionally. I think they will film Africa in 2017.

  • Observer2

    They’re very unhappy and going a bit spastic. Do you think it’s the work? Do you think it’s knowing that Africa is also, still a go? Or do you think that it does look like Angelina will be going by Angelina Jolie Pitt in all things? LOL

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