Universal Pictures Takes Angelina Jolie’s BY THE SEA; Jolie Set to Direct and Star Alongside Brad Pitt

     July 18, 2014

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Now that her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is in post-production and making its way towards a Christmas Day 2014 debut, Angelina Jolie is revving up to direct a brand new project, a film called By The Sea.  Jolie wrote the script and also has plans to produce and star in it alongside Brad Pitt, so it’s likely that this is that Jolie/Pitt on-screen reunion project we covered back in May.

We’ve got zero story details on By The Sea at the moment, but it’s being described as a “character-driven drama” and apparently, it’s already in pre-production.  Universal Pictures just snatched up the worldwide rights so perhaps Chairman Donna Langley and her team are pleased with what Jolie is doing at Universal with Unbroken.  Hit the jump for more.

angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-by-the-seaHere’s the full press release:

NEWS RELEASE

UNIVERSAL PICTURES ACQUIRES WRITER-DIRECTOR ANGELINA JOLIE’S BY THE SEA WITH JOLIE AND BRAD PITT SET TO STAR 

The Character-Driven Drama is in Pre-Production 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, July 18, 2014—Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie’s next film project, By The Sea, written and to be directed by Jolie, it was announced today by Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures.

The intimate, character-driven drama stars Jolie and Brad Pitt.  Jolie and Pitt will also produce the project.

Jolie is currently in post-production on Unbroken, an epic drama directed and produced by Jolie based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini and adapted from author Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller.  Universal will release Unbroken on Christmas Day, 2014.

Jolie made her feature directorial debut on In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set against the Bosnian War, which received a Golden Globe nomination.

Angelina Jolie commented, “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.  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 filmmaker.”

“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,” said Langley.  “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.”

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