Angelina Jolie Pitt to film in Kenya "for sure"
A true-life Africa drama planned as Angelina Jolie’s next directorial project will film in Kenya “for sure”, according to paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey.
Leakey has spent his life focussing on conservation in Kenya and particularly on the protection of elephants in the region. The story of his work is the focus of the film.
South Africa’s generous filming incentives were thought to make the country a more practical double for Kenya, but Leakey has now claimed the project will shoot in Kenya after all.
“We will make the film and it will be made in Kenya - for sure,” Leakey told a press conference this week, according to a Reuters report.
Kenya has limited production infrastructure and struggles to attract big-budget shoots. However, in September the Kenyan government gave initial approval for a filming incentive programme, which would seem to bode well for productions considering a 2016 shoot.
Jolie Pitt has long expressed interest in bringing Leakey’s story to the big screen. The project apparently stalled earlier this year over budget and script concerns, but the actress and filmmaker reaffirmed her commitment over the summer, with husband Brad Pitt reportedly a possibility to star.