By Jeff Sneider
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to star in an intimate, character-driven drama titled By the Sea, which Jolie wrote and will direct, as well as produce alongside Pitt, it was announced Friday by Universal Pictures.
Universal has acquired worldwide rights to By the Sea, which will serve as Jolie’s next film project.
Jolie is currently in post-production on Unbroken, an epic drama about Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, which Universal will release on Christmas Day.
Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story set against the Bosnian War, which received a Golden Globe nomination.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna [Langley] 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,” Jolie said in a statement.
“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 Universal Pictures chairman Donna 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.”
Pitt and Jolie have not shared the big screen since they squared off in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Jolie is represented by UTA and Sloan Offer Weber and Dern, while Pitt is repped by CAA.
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