Jolie Pitt reveals she'll head to her son's homeland Cambodia to direct her "dream" project, First They Killed My Father, later this year
The Oscar-winning actress will direct, produce and co-write an adaptation of Cambodian author Loung Ung’s memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, PEOPLE can confirm.
“I was deeply affected by Loung s book,” Jolie Pitt, 40, said in a statement about the project, described as an unflinching portrayal of war seen through the eyes of a child.
“It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son s homeland,” she explained.
Jolie Pitt’s son Maddox, 13, – who was born in Cambodia – is said to be involved in the production of the movie.
She added: “It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I’m honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh.”
The project, which will be released in both Khmer and English, will bring the author and human rights activist’s story of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s to life on the streaming service.
Jolie Pitt’s first full-length directorial feature In the Land of Blood and Honey was also released in two languages.
Last month it was revealed that Jolie Pitt’s husband, Brad, would be releasing his next movie, War Machine, on the streaming service as well.