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.”