Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are collaborating on another film, after doing so for Mr. and Mrs. Smith nearly a decade ago. This film, which has yet to be given a release date, is titled "By the Sea," and it tells the story of Vanessa (Jolie's character) and Roland (Pitt's character), and how their relationship grows romantically as they embark on a journey through France together.
Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay for this film, and is directing and producing it as well, decided to set the story in the mid-1970s:
I chose to set By the Sea in the 1970s, not only because it is a colorful and alluring era, but because it removes many of the distractions of contemporary life and allows the focus to remain squarely on the emotions that the characters experience in their journey.
It makes perfect sense, since nowadays, social media seems to dominate our everyday lives. And with all the technology available to us, we spend hours navigating the Internet, as opposed to spending more time with other people. As a result, Jolie chose to go for intimate and unadulterated romance with this film, and setting it in a time period where most, if not all, of today's technology was not invented yet is a smart move. It will hopefully compel viewers to focus more on how the characters interact with one another, and perhaps that will motivate them to do the same in real life.
Universal Pictures studio chairman Donna Langley signed on to make 'By the Sea' after reading Jolie's script:
I was struck by the fact that she and Brad are willing to bring such a brave endeavor to screen and take audiences on this raw, emotional journey that’s simultaneously of its moment and surprisingly timeless.
It is quite a risk whenever a film ventures into the past, whether it be in the recent past or the remote past. Hopefully, this film has enough romantic spark to really resonate with viewers, especially those who lived in the '70s and experienced love back then. This seems to be the kind of film that could potentially earn many awards if done well. Personally, I hope we at least get to see Jolie kick someone's butt.
Brad Pitt is also set to produce the movie, with executive producers Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) also signed on.
Shooting began on the eighth of this month, and will continue through mid-November.
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[First image from: Empire Online]
[Still photo by: Merrick Morton]