Angelina Jolie to adapt Cambodian memoir for Netflix film

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Angelina Jolie Pitt is directing a Netflix movie set in Cambodia.

Angelina Jolie Pitt is the latest top-tier talent to go the digital route, as the multihyphenate is working with Netflix on “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” a film she will direct for the studio. 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. The project, which will be released in both Khmer and English, will bring the author and human rights activist’s story of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s to life on the streaming service. 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. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” said Jolie. “They are also hard to get made.

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. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.” “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.” Ung and Jolie Pitt co-adapted the memoir into a screenplay.

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