Pitt-Jolie divorce puts new spotlight on upcoming films
NEW YORK (AP) — The 12-year relationship between Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt has been neatly bookended on the big screen.
They famously became acquainted while playing married assassins in Doug Liman’s 2005 action comedy “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” And they didn’t star together again until last year’s “By the Sea,” a marital melodrama set on the French Riviera directed by Jolie Pitt and starring the couple as unhappy spouses.
Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who filed for divorce Monday, don’t have any joint upcoming projects. But both have a number of films coming soon that will surely receive a little more attention in the wake of their separation.
The most sizable and immediate project upcoming is the Robert Zemeckis World War II romantic thriller “Allied” (opening Nov. 23), starring Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film, in which Pitt plays an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa, is slotted for release smack in the middle of awards season.
‘FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER’
Jolie Pitt has spent much of the last year making “First They Killed My Father,” her fourth feature as director. The film, about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, is based on Loung Ung’s memoir of living under the Cambodian regime in the 1970s. Jolie Pitt and Ung collaborated on the script and shot the film in Cambodia. Jolie’s son Maddox, adopted from Cambodia, has also been involved in the production, which takes the perspective of war from a 5-year-old child. Netflix is expected to debut the film next year.
While Jolie Pitt has been largely focused on directing, Pitt has a string of movies lined up that he either produced or stars in. Pitt narrates Terrence Malick’s IMAX documentary “Voyage of Time” (Oct. 7), a cinematic history of the life as viewed through the lens of the revered filmmaker.
Pitt’s production company, Plan B, is also behind one of the fall’s most acclaimed films, Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” (Oct. 21), a lyrical coming-of-age tale told in three chapters. Another Pitt-produced film, James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” will debut next month as the closing film of the New York Film Festival. Adapted from David Grann’s book, it stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett.
Along with other numerous producing gigs, Pitt stars as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in David Michod’s “War Machine,” a war satire. With a release planned for next year, Netflix acquired the film for a hefty sum, positioning “War Machine” as one of its boldest forays into original movies yet.
Both have a pair of big-budget sequels on the distant horizon, as well. Pitt is also prepping a sequel to his 2013 apocalyptic thriller “World War Z,” while Jolie Pitt is to return for the planned “Maleficent 2.”