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Angelina Jolie Goes UTA; Maleficent, Cleopatra, Serena, Scarpetta, Gucci, Tomb Raider Updates

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2011 at 1:06AM

Angelina Jolie, whose Untitled Bosnian War Love Story (financed and produced by GK Films) is in post-production, has signed with United Talent Agency as writer and director. She has long functioned without an acting agent but has been loyal to her manager at Media Talent Group, Geyer Kosinski. UTA's Rich Klubech told Deadline: "Angelina has a distinct and powerful creative voice, and having read her work and seen parts of the film she's directing, we're very certain that she's entering a new and fruitful phase of her extraordinary career."
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Angelina Jolie, whose Untitled Bosnian War Love Story (financed and produced by GK Films) is in post-production, has signed with United Talent Agency as writer and director. She has long functioned without an acting agent but has been loyal to her manager at Media Talent Group, Geyer Kosinski. UTA's Rich Klubech told Deadline: "Angelina has a distinct and powerful creative voice, and having read her work and seen parts of the film she's directing, we're very certain that she's entering a new and fruitful phase of her extraordinary career."

In addition to her Untitled Bosnian War Love Story, which has no release date, several projects are seeking Jolie's commitment:

Tim Burton's Maleficent: She told MTV back in July, “I would love to [do it]…it’s all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl; she was my favorite." She also said re: Cleopatra: “There’s a lot about her that not been covered yet so if we can do something original we will”;  while the Kay Scarpetta project was "all very ‘in development’”; as for Darren Aronofsky’s Serena: “I’d love to work with Darren one day, so if it’s not that, it’ll be something else; he’s one of my favorites.” Each of these projects are currently in the "script" phase, except Maleficent, which only has a treatment/outline, and there's also the Scott Free Untitled Gucci Biopic which is out to writers.

In January, when we took a poll on which director should take on Cleopatra (based on Stacy Schiff's bestselling Cleopatra: A Life, adapted for the screen by L.A. Confidential and Mystic River's Brian Helgeland) after James Cameron passed, Ridley Scott scored highest. Paul Greengrass's name was tossed around; producer Scott Rudin told Deadline's Mike Fleming: "A lot of directors want to do it, but there is only a handful we’ll make it with.” Rudin added: “She’s not a sex kitten, she’s a politician, strategist, warrior. In the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, Elizabeth Taylor is a seductress, but the histories of Cleopatra have been written by men. This is the first to be written by a woman. It felt like such a blow-the-doors-off-the-hinges idea of how to tell it, impossible to resist. We’re pretty close.” 

GK Films also picked up the rights to the Tomb Raider franchise, which will reboot in 2013 with another actress replacing Jolie as Lara Croft. Olivia Wilde has been rumored as her replacement.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Stuck In Love, In Production, Production , Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, Paul Greengrass, Darren Aronofsky, Drama, Biopics, Romance, Books, Classics, Angelina Jolie, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.