Coen Brothers Rewriting 'Unbroken' for Angelina Jolie to Direct at Universal, Based on True Story of Olympian POW Louis Zamperini

by Sophia Savage
February 26, 2013 12:45 PM
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Jolie on the set of "In The Land of Blood and Honey"
UPDATE: Universal, Walden Media and Angelina Jolie have tapped Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite "Unbroken." Jolie plans to direct the costly project, which is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book about Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian runner who became a prisoner of war during WWII.  After enlisting, he was captured by the Japanese when his plane went down in 1942; he and another crew mate survived on a raft for 47 days before being captured. Zamperini is now 96. The story has been In development for over half a century--and will only become more expensive with this latest A-list rewrite. Jolie is overseeing the final draft of the script, which was previously worked on by William Nicholson ("Les MIserables") and Richard LaGravenese ("The Mirror Has Two Faces").

Jolie wants this to be her follow-up to her 2011 directing debut "In The Land of Blood and Honey." She states:

“I read Laura Hillenbrand’s brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louie Zamperini’s heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film. Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.”

The casting of Zamperini will undoubtedly spark a lot of interest. Those who have have seen "Blood and Honey" know the material is right up Jolie's alley. [Deadline/THR]

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  • Ted | December 19, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    It will be interesting to see if she works out the kinks that held back "In the Land of Blood and Honey," especially since the subject matter is very similar. I thought I saw an outline of a good film in her directorial debut so I'm somewhat interested in this.

  • Guest | December 19, 2012 3:14 PM

    The upside here is that Jolie isn't penning the script herself, as she did with "Blood and Honey". Not that "Blood and Honey" was a bad flick- it wasn't, and the direction was solid- but the writing and "spell it out" dialogue were the biggest weak points.

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