If a new report is right, when they wrote "Angelina Jolie to film" and "Jolie is starting work on," they weren't referring to Jolie jumping in front of the camera. They were referring to Jolie stepping behind it for her first feature film, from her own script, no less. Yep, on the heels of headlining Salt, it seems that Ms. Jolie has decided to take her career down a new path.
The new twist comes courtesy of Guardian, who also sites the statement released by the UN High Commissioner. In their words: "This autumn she will add another after signing on to make her feature directing debut on the self-penned low-budget tale of a Bosnian woman who falls in love with a Serbian military man." A modest English-language production with a $15 million price tag, the film will be filled with local actors from Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Jolie having no plans to take on a role.
That certainly makes this a film of an entirely different sort, and gives a twist to the meaning of her quote: "This film is a love story, not a political statement. I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can." It's an interesting mix of her Hollywood ties and political interests, and I can't help but wonder if this will set her on a John Sayles-type path of intermingling big-pay work with small-scale passion projects.
The film is shooting this year, so hopefully we'll get a taste of Jolie's debut in the coming year.