Oh, GOD. On Sunday I mentioned that Angelina Jolie had spent a few days in Bosnia, doing UNHCR work. While she was there, she also announced her plans to film a movie in Bosnia, the title unknown. The details were sketchy at first – I kind of thought Angelina was announcing a film in which she would have the starring role, as some Bosnian woman caught up in the war or something. Turns out, not so much. Angelina is going to direct this “love story set during the Bosnian war”. Not only is she directing… she’s either written or co-written the screenplay. OH NOES. The screenplay is about a woman boning a married man named Brad Milosevic isn’t it?
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is set to make her feature film directorial debut. A love story set during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, the film focuses 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.
Based on an original screenplay written by Jolie, the actors will be solely compromised of various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia.
Jolie will produce the film alongside GK Films’ Academy Award winning producer Graham King and King’s business partner Tim Headington. Jolie, King and Headington most recently collaborated on the upcoming film “The Tourist” starring Jolie and Johnny Depp and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, set for theatrical release on December 10th through Columbia pictures.
Jolie, who made a surprise visit to Sarajevo over the weekend, said shooting would begin in the autumn on the tale of a couple who meet on the eve of the war and the effect it has on their relationship.
“The film is a love story, not a political statement,” Jolie said in a statement issued on Saturday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for whom she is a goodwill ambassador.
Jolie arrived in Sarajevo on Friday and on Saturday met members of Bosnia’s inter-ethnic presidency to discuss ways to help thousands of returning war refugees. Jolie visited returnees in eastern Bosnia in April with her partner Brad Pitt and promised then to come back.
She said the movie’s cast would be comprised of actors from the various ethnicities of the former Yugoslavia.
“I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can,” Jolie said.
Okay, now… I like Angelina. A lot. And I think she’s probably got a lot of passion for this project – and she probably knows a lot about the Bosnian War and she’s studied the policies and the logistics and all of that. I’m trying to give her credit for being smart – and I do think she’s a smart woman. But I really don’t think this script will be any good. I just… I don’t see how it could be good. Angelina is not Emma Thompson, you know? I don’t see Angelina as being able to write a decent screenplay. Maybe she cowrote it, and the cowriter is someone who fixed all of Angelina’s nonsense? Maybe she’s based her script on a true story? That might be a little bit better – because that way, Angelina is just adapting, and there might be hope.
Before I forget, this is mentioned in the above article – did you know that Angelina’s film with Johnny Depp – The Tourist – is coming out this Christmas/awards season? It wasn’t supposed to come out until next year, but the studio pushed up the release date for some reason. I’m thinking that it’s about money rather than awards – from what I know of the plot, it doesn’t sound like an awards contender, so it’s likely just a suspense/action film that the studio hopes will make buckets of money during the holidays.
Thanks to LaineyGossip for the heads up!