Angelina Jolie has set up her next directorial project, teaming with Skydance Productions for the biopic Africa, based on the life of paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey.

The story follows Richard Leakey's quest to stop the African ivory poachers whose practices nearly put the noble elephant on a path to extinction. Richard Leakey was a fossil hunter who helped find the bones of an early man, before turning his attention to stopping elephant and rhino poachers.

Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump, The Insider) is writing the screenplay, with Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters producing.

Here's what Angelina Jolie had to say about the project in a statement.

"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."

David Ellison also released the following statement.

"Africa is a story that deserves to be told. It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina's hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth's impeccable script into the project I've always wanted Skydance to be involved in."

No production schedule was released at this time. Angelina Jolie is currently shooting her next directorial effort, By the Sea, which she also stars in alongside husband Brad Pitt. Her new film Unbroken will hit theaters on Christmas Day.