Friday, July 12, 2013

Angelina Jolie to direct Unbroken

It looks like Angelina Jolie will soon land her second directorial gig as Universal Pictures and Walden Media near final negotiations for "Unbroken" follows the story of Lou Zamperini, Olympian-turned World War II prisoner of war, and will be Jolie's first time directing a major studio film. According to, the gig wasn't just handed to her, and Jolie had to campaign hard for the job, presenting a "sophisticated treatment" on Zamperini's incredible story of struggle and survival. The script is based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand titled, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. Jolie was so inspired by the story, she immediately began to campaign for the opportunity to bring the book to the big screen. Jolie said, "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." Another interesting aspect of the story is that Universal has been trying to develop this film for 55 years. The studio first bought the rights to Zamperini's story in the 50's, with Tony Curtis in mind for the lead. Now, with the real life hero, Zamperini turning 96 in January, his story is closer than ever to becoming a big screen reality as it will likely go into production next year. What did you think of Angelina Jolie's first turn in the director's chair for "In The Land of Blood And Honey" and are you excited to see her take on "Unbroken"? Tell us in the comments below! I'm Erin Darling, for Clevver Movies.

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