By Evan DeSimone
Actress Angelina Jolie-Pitt will direct a Netflix original film adapation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a memoir by Cambodian activist Loung Ung, the streaming platform announced on Friday.
The memoir primarily concerns Loung Ung’s childhood under the brutal Khmer Rouge who seized power in Cambodia in the late 1970’s instituting a four-year campaign of genocide during which more than 2 million Cambodians were killed. Jolie will work with Oscar nominated Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh to bring the story to the screen.
“Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” said Jolie in a statement. “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.”
Jolie is not the only star developing projects for Netflix’s expanding line of original films. Leonardo Dicaprio is developing documentary films for the platform, as did Edward Norton, whose “My Own Man” went live on Netflix in March. Jolie’s husband, actor Brad Pitt, is set to star in “War Machine,” a satirical war comedy picked up by Netflix in June. Netflix also signed a four film deal with comedian Adam Sandler last fall.
Jolie’s directorial credits include “The Land of Blood and Honey” (2011) and “Unbroken” (2014), as well as “By The Sea,” a period film set in France that is currently in post-production.