The streaming service announced this week that Jolie would direct "First They Killed My Father," an adaptation of a memoir of the same name written by Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung, which details Ung's upbringing during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. That follows Pitt's high-profile deal to direct "War Machine," which will also be a Netflix original.
Some background on Jolie's project, courtesy of Netflix:
Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly two million Cambodians died. Forced from her family's home in Phnom Penh, Ung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps. Ung survived and wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000. Jolie Pitt read the book and contacted Ung over a decade ago and they became close friends. Together they adapted the book into a screenplay.
Production on "First They Killed My Father" is set to begin in Cambodia later this year. The film will be released in both English and Khmer, and Jolie's son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, who was born in Cambodia, will also be involved in the production.
The film will be submitted to international film festivals and make its debut on Netflix sometime in late 2016.
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