Thursday, July 23, 2015







 Read the full press release below.


ANGELINA JOLIE PITT TO DIRECT FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER, AN UNFLINCHING PORTRAYAL OF WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD, AS A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM


Beverly Hills, Ca. July 23, 2015 —- Angelina Jolie Pitt will direct an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.

Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the Netflix Original Film from a script she co-adapted with Ung. Acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language film The Missing Picture, will also be a producer.

The film will be made available to members of the world’s leading Internet TV network in late 2016 and will be submitted to major international festivals.

Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly two million Cambodians died.  Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps.  Ung survived and wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000.  Jolie Pitt read the book and contacted Ung over a decade ago and they became close friends.  Together they adapted the book into a screenplay.

“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” commented Jolie Pitt.  “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.”  She added, “It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”  Jolie Pitt’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox, will also be involved in the production of the film.

Netflix’s global reach was a major factor in Jolie Pitt’s desire to partner with the streaming service. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” said Jolie Pitt. “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.”  The film will be released in both Khmer and English.

“We are proud to be working with Angelina Jolie in bringing this emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting story exclusively to Netflix members around the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.  “Loung Ung’s incredible journey is a testament to the human spirit and its ability to transcend even the toughest circumstances.”

“Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina’s heart,” commented author Loung Ung.  “Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown.  It is with great honor that I entrust my family’s story to Angelina to adapt into a film.”

Loung Ung is currently writing her first novel, and is a co-owner of Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio.  Since 1995, Loung has made over 30 trips back  to Cambodia and has devoted herself to helping her native land heal from the traumas of war.  Loung’s other works include Lucky Child and Lulu in the Sky.  She was also a contributing writer on the groundbreaking film, Girl Rising.

First They Killed My Father will begin production later this year in Cambodia and will precede Jolie Pitt’s filming of Africa which focuses on paleo-anthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey’s decades-long fight to save Africa from the illegal wildlife trade. Africa was postponed to provide additional time to get the script finalized and all production elements lined up properly to provide for the ambitious scope of the film.  Jolie Pitt remains committed to making the film and continues her strong support of Dr. Leakey, the people of Kenya and ending wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade

Jolie Pitt is currently in post-production on By The Sea, an adult drama written and directed by Jolie Pitt, starring Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, that will be released by Universal this year.  Jolie Pitt recently directed Universal’s Unbroken, based on the life of Olympian and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini.  Jolie Pitt made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.









The film will take place in Cambodia, where Jolie’s adopted son was born.
 It looks as though Angelina Jolie will join husband Brad Pitt at Netflix.
On Thursday, the Internet television network announced that it is partnering with Jolie for a project that will lure Hollywood’s most famous actress away from movie theaters—temporarily, at least.
Jolie, who last directed the awards contender Unbroken, will direct an adaptation of another inspiring memoir—this time, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, the 2000 book from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.
In addition to directing and producing the Netflix Original Film, Jolie also worked with Ung to adapt the book for the screen.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie Pitt say 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 homeland. . .It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
The press release adds that Jolie’s Cambodian-born son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, will also be involved in the making of the film—although it does not specify what his role will be. In Vanity Fair’s 2014 feature story on Jolie, Janine di Giovanni reported that the 13-year-old worked as a production assistant on Jolie’s upcoming directorial effort By the Sea, which stars Jolie and Pitt.
In the press release, Jolie also explained why she—arguably the world’s biggest movie star—is turning to Netflix.
“Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” said Jolie. “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.”
In a statement from the author, Ung reveals that she has known Jolie for over a decade.
“Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina's heart," said Loung Ung. "Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown. It is with great honor that I entrust my family's story to Angelina to adapt into a film."
Netflix confirms that the film will be available next year, and will be submitted to major international film festivals.

























Angelina Jolie is the latest high-profile filmmaker to join the ranks of Netflix Inc, where she will be directing a Cambodian author's war memoir into a feature-length film, the online streaming platform said on Thursday.
Jolie, 40, is producing and directing "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," based on author and activist Loung Ung's memoirs of being a child soldier during Khmer Rouge's reign over Cambodia in 1975.
"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," Jolie said of Ung's book in a statement.
Jolie and Ung co-wrote the script and Jolie's Cambodian-born son Maddox will be involved in the production, Netflix said. The film will be released on Netflix exclusively in late 2016, and will also be entered at major film festivals.
This will be Jolie's fourth feature directorial effort, following on the success of last year's "Unbroken" and the upcoming "By The Sea," in which she also stars alongside husband Brad Pitt.
Netflix, which houses an online library of thousands of films and television shows and also develops original content, is available in more than 50 countries, a reach that the company said was key in Oscar-winning Jolie's decision to come aboard.
"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," the filmmaker said.
Netflix has become a force in Hollywood with its original content, most recently racking up 34 nominations at this year's Emmy awards for shows such as "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black."
Jolie's partner Pitt has also teamed up with Netflix for his upcoming satirical comedy "War Machine," written and directed by David Michod, which will be released on the platform and in select theaters next year.
Other major names developing original content for Netflix include Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark and Jay Duplass.






















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