Angelina Jolie is teaming with the Coen Brothers for “Unbroken,” according to a Feb. 26 report in the TheWrap. The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Joel and Ethan Coen had been hired to rewrite Laura Hillenbrand's story of Olympian track star Louis Zamperini’s determination to survive imprisonment as a World War II prisoner of war. A Universal Pictures spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap that the duo will rewrite the script for “Unbroken.”
While the brothers have received acclaim for their work and are reportedly “possessive of their screenplays,” they will step aside on this project and hand the script to “In the Land of Blood and Honey” director Jolie, who will helm directing duties on the project. This movie follows on the heels of other successful adaptations of Hillenbrand’s books, including “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” which provided the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie.
According to KETV ABC 7 News, Jolie was reportedly “fairly picky” when it came to choosing writers for her second directorial feature, which she signed on to in December. “[Zamperini] is a true hero and a man with an immense humanity, faith and courage,” Jolie said, adding, “I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.”
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