Angelina Jolie (“First Hill Killed My Father”) will direct a biopic “Unreal Behavior” about British war photographer Don McCallin based on the acclaimed autobiography of the same name.
Working Title Films ’Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (” Darkest Hour “) as well as Tom Hardy and Dean Baker are producing the film under their Hardy Son and Baker banner (” Taboo “). Executive productions are McCallin and Mark George.
BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Gregory Burke (“’71”) is composing the screenplay. The film will chronicle the lives of British war photographers who took him from poverty-stricken, wartime London to one of the most dangerous war zones in the world.
“I was humbled to have the opportunity to film Don McCallin’s life,” Jolie said. “I was drawn to his combination of fearlessness and humanity – his unwavering commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his sympathy and respect for those who have suffered the consequences. We hope to make a film that is as offensive as Dawn’s photography, its witnesses to extraordinary people and events, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism. “
McCullin said: “Looking at the last picture of Angelina in Cambodia (and having spent so much time there during the war) I was very impressed with how she presented this place so strongly and accurately at the time. .
“Don McCallin is someone for whom we have long and deep respect,” said Hardy and Baker of HSB. “His remarkable story is one of ruthless honesty, indomitable courage and boundless empathy. Angelina has designed a thoughtful approach to the material we were all looking for – relevant and compelling, morally sensitive and engaging. We are thrilled to see his vision and look forward to supporting his portrayal of a man who deserves to be remembered for his extraordinary contributions, service and lifelong work for humanity. “