Angelina Jolie To Direct Unbroken, Incredible True Story of Louis Zamperini
Angelina Jolie is set to direct Unbroken, the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, the U.S. Olympic athlete who later survived a World War II plane crash and a horrifying stint as a prisoner of war in Japan.
It will mark Jolie’s second time in the director’s chair, following her 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey.
A track star at the 1936 Olympic Games, Zamperini was serving as an American bombardier in the Pacific in 1942 when his plane plummeted into the ocean during a search-and-rescue mission.
Zamperini and two crew mates survived for 47 days on a raft in shark-infested waters before their capture by the Japanese, who beat and held Zamperini in captivity until the war ended three years later.
Zamperini’s remarkable tale was originally supposed to be a film in the 1950s, and has recently received renewed interest with the publication of “Seabiscuit” author Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” which will serve as the basis for Jolie’s movie.
“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,” said Jolie in a statement.
She continued, “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.”
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