Angelina Jolie Planning to Direct a Film About the War in Afghanistan
From The Hurt Locker to Green Zone and In the Valley of Elah to documentaries like Restrepo, there have been dozens of films focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The trend has died down for the most part, but a new face to the directing world has an eye on telling a new story heading back to the battleground of the Middle East. CBS (via The Playlist) recently sat down with Angelina Jolie, fresh off her first directing gig behind the camera of the Bosnian War romantic drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, and the actress turned filmmaker revealed that she wants to direct yet another war movie set in Afghanistan.
There aren't any exact quotes from the interview, but Jolie likely has a different eye than many other filmmakers might have with the war. The Playlist points out that the actress' humanitarian work and position as the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, took her to the country in 2001 where Afghan refugees were fleeing the conflict in and around Pakistan. She visited again in 2008 and this year to keep up on progress in the nation. Obviously her efforts are much more than just a publicity stunt for photo ops, and she may have some stories to tell straight from the refugees themselves. The first trailer for In the Land of Blood and Honey seems to prove that Jolie can handle drama, especially in the setting of international war, but seeing an Afghanistan War film from Jolie likely depends on the success of her feature directorial debut which gets a limited release on December 23rd for an awards qualifying run.