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Richard LaGravenese To Adapt WWII Survival Tale ‘Unbroken’ For Francis Lawrence

Richard LaGravenese To Adapt WWII Survival Tale 'Unbroken' For Francis Lawrence

While director Francis Lawrence made his name in Hollywood directing big budget flag wavers like “Constantine” and “I Am Legend,” the helmer is looking to broaden his horizons and get out of the VFX and explosions game. He’s got the Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz led period romance “Water For Elephants” around the corner and earlier this year, he lined up the WWII tale based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s bestseller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” over at Universal. At the time it was said that “Crazy Heart” writer/director Scott Cooper might pen the adaptation, but instead an Oscar nominated writer/director has gotten the job.

Deadline reports that Richard LaGravenese (“Conviction,” “The Fisher King“) will adapt the amazing story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian who endured unbelievable hardship while a Japanese POW during WWII. He was subjected to medical experiments, slave labor, and brutal beatings and became the target of one sadistic guard in particular, Mutsuhiro Watanabe, whose goal it was to break Zamperini. The athlete endured his harsh punishment right though until the end of the year, but the lingering effects were still felt. He routinely had terrifying nightmares, suffered alcoholism and on the verge of losing everything, he found God and forgave his captors, even traveling to Japan to forgive them in person (though Watanabe refused to meet him).

Are you smelling something? That’s right, it’s Oscar bait, but that’s certainly one helluva tale that could make for a great watch. But no word yet on when it will lens. As you might remember, Lawrence also has “Snow And The Seven” — yes, another revisionist fairy tale — brewing over at Disney with Michael Arndt penning the screenplay. We’ll have to see which one beats the clock for Lawrence’s attention first.

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Bradley Cooper’s brother.


Snow and the Seven has to be the gayest fucking name I’ve heard of for a fairy tale reboot. Red Riding Hood, Pan, next there’ll be Beauty/Beast, Mermaid, Cinder. Wow, you just can’t beat Snow and the Seven, though.

I hate to sound like an old asshole, but holy shit, how do you guys not off yourselves, having to report on every piece of boring news on the snowballing reboot/sequel/comicbook series tip? Much respeck!

I like Francis Lawrence – I’m still holding out hope he can make more than a mediocre feature, one day.

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