Angelina Jolie to direct Don McCullin biopic
Angelina Jolie is at the helm of a new biopic about the acclaimed British war photographer Don McCullin.
Based on McCullin’s autobiography of the same name, Unreasonable Behaviour will explore the fascinating life of the photojournalist as his work took him to some of the most war-ravaged parts of the world. Jolie will be calling the shots from a screenplay by Gregory Burke.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title produce alongside Tom Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy Son & Baker.
Jolie said: “I am humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film. I was drawn to his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences.
“We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he witnessed, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism”.
McCullin added: “Having viewed Angelina’s last film on Cambodia (and having spent so much time during the war there) I was very impressed at how she made such a powerful and accurate representation of the place at that time. I feel as if I am in safe, capable and professional hands with her.“
In a joint statement, Hardy and Baker said: “Don McCullin is someone that we’ve long held a deep and profound respect for. His remarkable story is one of brutal honesty, unflinching courage, and unbound empathy.
“Angelina has carved a considered approach to the material that we’ve all been looking for – relevant and compelling, ethically sensitive and engaging. We are excited by her vision and look forward to supporting her depiction of a man who deserves to be remembered for his extraordinary contribution, service, and lifelong work to humanity.”
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