Deadline Hollywood recently broke word that producer Graham King is looking to cast Angelina Jolie in a remake of the dramatic British mini-series Unforgiven. King has recently collaborated with Jolie on The Tourist, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's follow-up to the superb Academy Award-winning The Lives of Others. Jolie would star in the lead female role as a prisoner just coming out of prison after serving a 15-year stretch for killing two policemen. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie is set to script the film; McQuarrie just scripted X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, co-wrote The Tourist and wrote the script for Bryan Singer's Valkyrie. No director is attached to the Unforgiven remake yet, however.

This is an interesting move for Jolie because, as Deadline points out, she doesn't take on assignments until there's a script for her to look at. This suggests that Jolie is forming a relationship with King akin to the one that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Dicaprio have of late (King produced three of the four recent Dicaprio/Scorsese collabs; everything except Shutter Island). King is certainly a heavy-hitter and it looks like he's trying to make himself out to be the new Hollywood answer to the Weinstein brothers -- the fact that von Donnersmarck was immediately courted after The Lives of Others shows that King felt that he wanted to work with him immediately and the cast behind The Tourist (Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton) shows that King's got pull. I'd be very curious to hear how this project works out as Jolie was terrific in Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart, even if she was wearing brownface.
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