Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film will be titled By the Sea, the pair have revealed. Jolie has confirmed she will be writing and directing the drama, which she will star in alongside her partner.
By the Sea, which will be the Oscar-winning actor’s third film behind the cameras, was picked up for distribution by Universal last week. The studio, headed by chairman Donna Langley, is also releasing the Oscar-winning actor’s biopic Unbroken, about US Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By the Sea,” said Jolie in a statement. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a film-maker.”
Added Langley: “Angelina continues to showcase her extraordinary storytelling abilities in front of and behind the camera, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with her on By the Sea. Angelina and Brad represent two of Hollywood’s brightest talents, and we are excited to be a part of their collaboration on this powerful piece.”
Pitt and Jolie last starred together nine years ago on the action thriller Mr and Mrs Smith. Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, told US Weekly earlier this month that the new film would shoot on the island of Gozo, which is part of the Mediterranean nation’s territory. There have also been reports that it is a romance.
Jolie herself told the US entertainment TV show Extra in May: “It’s not a big movie, it’s not an action movie. It’s the kind of movie we love but aren’t often cast in. It’s a very experimental, independent-type film where we get to be actors together and be really raw, open, try things.”
The actor made her debut as a film-maker with the award-winning In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011. Pitt’s work as a producer on 12 Years a Slave won him a best picture Oscar earlier this year.
Mr and Mrs Smith won lukewarm reviews in 2005, but made more than $500m (£296m) worldwide.
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