Angelina Jolie Gets Clearance to Film in Bosnia

Fear not, Angelina Jolie fans; the filming of the Salt beauty’s directorial debut will go forward as scheduled.

Jolie—who’s currently shooting her Bosnian war romance in Budapest—will begin filming in Bosnia next month as she’d hoped, after government officials there decided to approve her filming permit. Bosnian officials had initially denied the permit, though not for the reason that had previously been cited in news stories last week. Earlier reports indicated that the Bosnian government shot down her application after a women’s group protested the film, because it would supposedly depict a female war victim falling in love with her rapist. However, it’s now come to light that the rejection was due to incomplete paperwork—the application was filed with no screenplay attached, contrary to Bosnian law. 

Now, with everything in order, a Bosnian government source tells Us Magazine,

“The script has been approved and they are back on schedule to film in Bosnia next month.”

The source adds,

“Everyone is relieved. Jolie feels like a huge weight has been lifted off the team’s shoulders. It’s great news.”

As to whether the film will actually depict a rape victim falling in love with her assailant, Jolie remains cagey about the details, noting,

“There are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters, and that will be revealed once the film is released…My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film.”

But why wait until then to offer your opinion? Tell us in the comments section: Do you think Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut will be a success?