Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie will soon make her feature film directorial debut, but will Jolie’s on-camera skills translate into success as a director?
GK Films recently announced that Jolie will direct what is described as a “love story set during the Bosnian war.” The film is based on an original screenplay by Jolie and will focus on “a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship.” To make sure her first film is authentic as can be, Jolie is only casting actors of the various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia.
In addition to writing and directing the film, Jolie will also serve as producer alongside Graham King and Tim Headington. The three have already worked together on the Jolie-Johnny Depp film The Tourist.
Jolie has worked with plenty of fantastic directors over the course of her career (Clint Eastwood comes to mind the quickest) and she has more than proven herself as an actress. Additionally, her extensive humanitarian work has given her insights into the kind of war-torn societies that she will be depicting on screen and hopefully that can translate into a feature film having more impact.
Still, stepping into the director’s chair for the first time is a big challenge for anyone, and the fact that Jolie is constantly in the public eye will make her first effort even more difficult. Just imagine the tabloid headlines if her first movie as a writer-director is a flop: “Angelina Falls Apart on Set as Brad and Jen Exchange E-mails.”
Despite her crazy past (let’s not forget it was only 10 years ago that she was wearing a vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood around her neck), Jolie has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most reliable actresses. There aren’t many triple threats (actor, writer, director) in the film world, so I’m hopeful she finds success with this project.
Source: GK Films