Eric Roth (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population. The emotional story appears to be part of a trend in Hollywood at the moment: Tom Hardy (Lawless), Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street) are all developing another anti-poaching drama. But Jolie's attachment to this Skydance Productions films means it could have an even higher profile.
"I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him," Jolie says in a statement carried by Variety.
She has Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) already on board, so you know it's going to look spectacular, but other details will likely have to wait until she's finished on By The Sea.
Unbroken, the story of Olympic sprinter and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, heads to UK cinemas on 26 December.