In a statement, Jolie said she feels very close to the source material.
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.
Jolie made her directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Angelina Jolie to Direct WWII Drama 'Unbroken' (The Hollywood Reporter)