Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic 'Africa'

September 19, 2014 9:23 PM

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Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic 'Africa'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct "Africa," a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa's elephants.

The film, Jolie's fourth directorial effort, is from Skydance Productions, the company behind recent "Terminator" and "Mission: Impossible" films. The screenplay is from Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump."

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