Angelina Jolie picks Universal’s ‘Unbroken’ for next directing project

By Daniel S Levine,

Actress Angelina Jolie is going to get another chance to work on the other side of the camera. She is in talks to make her second film as a director, Unbroken.

Universal said Tuesday that the Oscar-winning actress is currently in talks to direct the film, which is being produced by Universal and Walden Media, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The film is based on Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book of the same title. It centers on Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash during World War II and lived in a raft with two other crewmen for 47 days. He was captured by the Japanese navy and forced to work in a prison camp.

Hillenbrand’s book held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for 108 weeks. It is currently at No. 25 on Amazon’s bestsellers book list.

“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,” Jolie said in a statement, reports E! News. “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 co-chairs Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said that Jolie “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.”

Jolie, who is currently working on Disney’s Maleficent, made her feature directorial debut last year with In The Land of Blood And Honey.

Recently on CBS Sunday Morning, Zamperini and Hillenbrand spoke about the book and his experiences. Hillenbrand’s previous book, Seabiscuit, was also turned into a film.



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