A couple of months ago I had reported that Meryl was mentioned to be attached to the Angelina Jolie project about paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey. The film, entitled Africa, was tentatively scheduled to begin shooting later this summer. Today, the would-be cinematographer Roger Deakins, who worked with Jolie on Unbroken, indicated that the film will not be happening. In a French interview for Premiere magazine, he states on page 16:
"Invincible was a good experience, and when Angelina announced she wanted to do this film about Richard Leakey , I jumped at the chance. Not only because I had worked with her, but because I wanted to return to Africa , where I went often. Especially for Mountains of the Moon in Kenya. I not only admired as director Bob Rafelson , but humanly , it was adorable. Unfortunately, Africa will not take place . This is a big disappointment."
Earlier this month it was revealed that Jolie was having trouble securing funding for the film's ballooning budget. Not a huge surprise that they've passed on this one. Too bad, as it sounded like a very interesting subject. I guess this just opens up more time for Meryl to film The Good House!