Somehow between being being a mom, actress, humanitarian, director and producer, Angelina Jolie has found time for a new project, and it is one which is super close to her heart. She will be following in the footsteps of other A-listers like Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Spacey and Rosario Dawson (to name a few) who have been part of a Netflix original series. Angelina will be directing a true-life Netflix drama film. It will be based on Cambodian author and human rights activist Luong Ung's book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. Angelina won't be alone on this emotional venture as her son Maddox will be also be joining the project.
Following in the footsteps of his parents, it looks like Maddox will be a star on the red carpet soon!
The book which Angelina will be adapting is about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. This four-year regime riddled Cambodia with disease, political executions, starvation and forced labor, causing a shocking 2 million Cambodians to lose their lives.
Maddox is Angelina and Brad's eldest child and was adopted in 2002 from a Cambodian orphanage. Angelina will be producing and directing the film. She will also be collaborating with her young teenage son in the production of the film, what an awesome mom!
The project is close to Angelina's heart:
"I was deeply affected by Loung's book. It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. 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."
Angelina chose Netflix as she knows she will reach a vast worldwide audience through this platform.
"Films like this are hard to watch but important to see. They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people"
This exclusive Netflix film follows the announcement of the streaming service acquiring War Machine. It will be an adaption of Michael Hastings' popular book and will be released on Netflix in 2016, starring Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie is no stranger to directing and producing. Her adaption of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers will be a film about surviving, just like her film previously released titled Unbroken. She directed and co-produced Unbroken, a film which followed the survival story of the war hero Louis Zamperini. This will be multi-talented Angelina's fourth movie in the director's seat.
The author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Loung Ung, has full trust in Angelina
Loung Ung wrote the story from her own harrowing experiences growing up. Detailing how she survived the 'killing fields' and the notorious Khmer Rouge regime. Horrifically, she was forced from her family's home and trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans. Ung's siblings were sent to labor camps and the heart-wrenching book moved Angelina so much that she contacted the author. Amazingly, the two became close friends and Angelina has co-written the screen adaption for the book.
Ung revealed in her heartfelt statement:
"Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia and immediately I trusted Angelina's heart. Is with great honor that I entrust my family's story to Angelina to adapt into a film."
Goodwill Ambassador Angelina's project is in good hands. The Oscar-nominated Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture) will be taking the role of producer.
It will be fantastic to see how things go for Maddox too, Angelina is moulding a new superstar! If Will Smith can turn his son into a movie star then why shouldn't Maddox be one too?