When rumors began to surface a couple of months ago that Hollywood A-list couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were teaming up on their first project since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, not a lot was made of it because there were so few details. There wasn't even a title. All we knew was that she would be writing it and they both would star. It didn't have a studio at the time but obiously that wasn't going to last long with those two attached. Enter Universal Pictures.
Universal has announced they will distribute By the Sea, which Jolie will write and direct, co-starring alongside Pitt. Jolie made her directorial debut with the underrated Bosnian War film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and will release her follow-up, Unbroken, on Christmas Day. By the Sea is being described as an "intimate, character-driven drama" and that's all we know right now. Here is the full press release:
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.”