Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, her first major studio film. The film is for Universal and Walden Media. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling 2010 book, Unbroken looks at the life of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and Air Force officer during WWII. Zamperini survived a plane crash during this period, and survived by floating on a raft for 47 days. He was later found by Japanese soldiers and spent time in a POW camp.
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)