Proving she is just as talented behind the camera as she is in front of it, Angelina Jolie has been trying her hand at directing, with her latest work, “Unbroken” set to premiere December 25th. The actress, who recently married Brad Pitt, is currently helming her second movie “By the Sea,” in which she stars in alongside her husband. While she may be honeymooning for her current flick, the 39-year-old’s third directorial project has hit a snag, entangled in a marital crossfire.
Jolie is tapped to direct another true-life drama centering on the life of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, who encountered violent poachers during his quest to save elephants and rhinos. The Skydance film points out in its September 19th news release that Jon Peters will produce the “sweeping epic” joining Jolie, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. The wrench in the project was thrown by Peters’ ex-wife Christine Forsyth Peters who tells The Hollywood Reporter she has stake in the deal and refuses to abandon the project.
According to THR, Forsyth Peters began developing the project in 1991 after traveling to Kenya and convincing Leakey to sign a deal granting her legal rights to create the film. Skydance is reportedly in negotiations with Forsyth Peters, who also has rights to Leakey’s 2001 memoir “Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa’s Natural Treasures,” with hopes of her handing the project over. If Forsyth Peters refuses to back out of the project, Skydance may be forced to team the divorced pair together. The duo, who was married from 1987 to 1993, is reportedly known for locking horns.
Jolie is scheduled to wrap filming “By the Sea” on November 10th, and will likely want to get the ball rolling on “Africa” following December promotions for “Unbroken.” Fully aware of the time crunch, Forsyth Peters tells THR, “I’m sure now the ‘ticking clock’ is ignited. I should be hearing from Skydance next week.”
In the meantime, Jolie is counting down to the premiere of her biography-drama based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.” The utterly raw story is a chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The movie adaptation, starring Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, and Domhnall Gleeson, is set to grace theaters on December 25th. Jolie’s romance-drama “By the Sea” is said to be set in France during the 1970’s centering on a husband and wife who reignite their romance during a visit to a quiet, seaside town. “By the Sea” is slated to arrive in theaters sometime in 2015.