Angelina Jolie to direct World War II story Unbroken
Story by Jack Foley
ANGELINA Jolie looks set to make World War II drama Unbroken her next directorial project.
The actress, who made her debut with 2011’s critically-acclaimed In The Land of Blood and Honey, is in talks to helm the adaptation of the 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand, which tells the story of Olympic athlete and war veteran Louis Zamperini, and which spent 108 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, including 14 weeks at No. 1.
Zamperini survived a plane crash during the war and clung to life on a raft for 47 days, before being captured by the Japanese and forced to spend time in a prisoner of war camp.
In a statement released by Jolie, she said: “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.”
Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley and Walden Media CEO Michael Bostick also put out a joint statement, saying: “In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition.
“She has a real ability to illustrate the strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”