Angelina Jolie Pitt is directing a Cambodia-set drama as a Netflix original movie.
The actress and director is going to adapt Loung Ung’s memoir, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, for Netflix.
Ung is a Cambodian author and human rights activist, whose book is about surviving the Khmer Rouge regime. Pitt co-wrote the screen adaptation with Ung, and she will also produce as well as direct it.
The director of the The Missing Picture, Rithy Panh, will also help in its production.
Furthermore, Netflix is planning to make the film available to its subscribers in the fall of 2016.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie Pitt stated. “It deeped 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 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 a part of the production of the film.
Pitt also said she decided to stream it on Netflix because of the service’s global reach.
“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,” she said.
The film will be released in both Khmer and English.