According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie has hired Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite the script for her newest directorial project Unbroken. The film will be an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book, which details the story of famed World War II prisoner-of-war Lou Zamperini.
An American track star who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Zamperini enlisted in the Air Force to fight in World War II. In 1943, his plane was shot down over the Pacific. Though he survived, Zamperini was forced to endure 47 days without food and rationed water, in addition to avoiding shark attacks and aerial strikes. He eventually made his way to a Japanese island where he was held and tortured for another two years.
Following his release, Zamperini met with famed evangelist Billy Graham and later became a Christian inspirational speaker.
Universal, the company behind the film, had previously commissioned Les Misérables’s William Nicholson and Water for Elephants’s Richard LaGravenese to write drafts of the script.
Jolie has previously directed the war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey