‘Unreasonable Behaviour’: Angelina Jolie to Direct Biopic on Legendary British War Photographer

Angelina Jolie has lined up her fifth feature film as director.

The Oscar winner will be directing Unreasonable Behaviour, a biopic on British photojournalist Doc McCullin, who became renowned for his war photography and images of urban strife, working in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia and media such as The Observer and The Sunday Times.

Unreasonable Behaviour is to be based on McCullin’s autobiography of the same name, being adapted by screenwriter Gregory Burke, whose credits include fantastic 2014 war-thriller ’71 and 2018’s Entebbe. Tom Hardy will be producing the film with Dean Baker via their Hardy Son & Baker banner, along with Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

“I am humbled to have a chance to bring Don McCullin’s life to film,” Jolie said in a statement. “I was drawn to his unique combination of fearlessness and humanity – his absolute commitment to witnessing the truth of war, and his empathy and respect for those who suffer its consequences. We hope to make a film that is as uncompromising as Don’s photography, about the extraordinary people and events he witnessed, and the rise and fall of a unique era in journalism.”

Said McCullin: “Having viewed Angelina’s last film on Cambodia (and having spent so much time during the war there) I was very impressed at how she made such a powerful and accurate representation of the place at that time. I feel as if I am in safe, capable and professional hands with her.“

Jolie’s previous films as director: In the Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken, By the Sea and First They Killed My Father. On the acting front, Jolie has a role in fantasy Come Away (currently undergoing an international rollout), will be seen as Marvel character Thena in MCU’s The Eternals, and Taylor Sheridan-directed (Wind River, Yellowstone) thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.


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