Angelina Jolie will direct a biographical film by photojournalist Don McCullin, starring Tom Hardy.
The film, adapted by 71-year-old screenwriter Gregory Burke from McCullin’s autobiography, Unreasonable Behavior.
McCullin, 85, is one of the most famous photographers of war, conflict and poverty in recent times. Born in London, he worked as an assistant photographer during the Suez Crisis before selling his first photograph ̵
Between 1966 and 1984, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times, where his coverage of the crises in Vietnam and Northern Ireland earned him special acclaim.
“I’m humbled to have a chance to film Don McCullin’s life,” Jolie said. “I was attracted by his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of the war and its empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences. We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he has become, and about the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism. “
Most of Jolie’s films as a director were made during modern conflicts. Her debut in 2011, In the Land of Blood and Honey, was about romance during the Bosnian war, while Unbroken (2015) adapted the memoirs of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was captured by the Japanese during World War II.
After the Sea (2015), a love story filmed during her honeymoon with ex-husband Brad Pitt, Jolie adapted the memoirs of Kung Rouge from Loung Ung First They Killed My Father.
It was this film that apparently convinced McCullin to collaborate with Jolie.
“After seeing Angelina’s last film about Cambodia and spending so much time during the war there, I was very impressed with how she made such a powerful and accurate presentation of the place at that time,” he said. “I feel like I’m in safe, capable and professional hands with her.”
The film will be produced by Working Title together with Hardy Son & Baker’s own company.