Angelina Jolie will soon direct the World War II drama Unbroken after campaigning hard to land the directing gig on the adaptation of a true story.
Unbroken will be the second time that Angelina Jolie will step behind the camera to direct a war-themed film after her 2011 debut on In the Land of Blood and Honey.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 best-selling book called Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, the Jolie directed film is based on the real-life story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and air force officer who survived on a raft for 47 days after his plane crashed during World War II. He was later captured by the Japanese and spent years in brutal prisoner of war camps. Screenwriter William Nicholson teamed up with Jolie to adapt the story for film
Unbroken spent 108 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, which included 14 weeks at #1.
In a newly released statement, Angelina Jolie expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to direct Unbroken. “I read Laura Hillenbrand’s brilliant book,” admitted Jolie, “and I was so moved by Louis Zamperini’s heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film.”
Although the film is in the early stages of production, casting has yet to begin. It’s possible that Angelina Jolie may go with a group of unknown actors like she did on In the Land of Blood and Honey.