Angelina Jolie Pitt has lined up the next movie she’s going to direct, and she’s making it with Netflix.
The “Unbroken” director is adapting the Loung Ung memoir “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” off a script she co-wrote with Ung. It will premiere on Netflix in 2016 and make the festival circuit.
“First They Killed My Father,” released in 2000, tells Ung’s story after the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia. The year was 1975 and she was only 5-years-old when the organization forced her to train as a child soldier.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie Pitt says in a statement. “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 [Maddox] homeland.”
Netflix will release the project in both Khmer and English, and Jolie says that the company’s global audience is part of why she decided to bring the project to them.
“Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” she says. “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 will film “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia later in 2015. She will shoot this movie before she starts work on “Africa,” her project about Dr. Richard Leakey.