Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Jenkins and Netflix team up for film adaptation of Virunga

Updated: Jun 25, 2020, 11:10 IST | PTI | Los Angeles

Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, focused on the fight to protect the world's last mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins has partnered with Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio and streamer Netflix for the feature adaptation of the documentary Virunga. Jenkins will write the script for the film, while DiCaprio will produce through his Appian Way production company, reported Variety. Virunga, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, focused on the fight to protect the world's last mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Von Einsiedel spotlighted the biodiversity of Virunga, along with the political and economic issues arising from oil exploration and armed conflict in the region. The documentary was released on Netflix in 2014 and had picked up an Oscar nomination in 2015. The producers on the project also includes Jennifer Davisson and Phillip Watson of Appian Way and Joanna Natasegara of Violet Films. Von Einsiedel will be serving as an executive producer. Jenkins, who won an adapted screenplay Oscar for "Moonlight", most recently directed by the adaptation of James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk".

He is attached to direct Fox Searchlight's biopic about Alvin Ailey, one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th Century, and he also penned the screenplay for Rachel Morrison's directorial debut, "Flint Strong". The filmmaker is currently working on the series adaptation of Colson Whitehead's bestselling novel "The Underground Railroad" with Amazon. DiCaprio will next star alongside veteran actor Robert De Niro in filmmaker Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon", based on the book of the same name by David Grann.

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