THE Hollywood Reporter has announced that the Coen brothers have been asked to write the story of Louis Zamperini, an American war hero, for a film to be directed by Angelina Jolie.
Joel and Ethan Coen will base their script on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller, “Unbroken.” Richard LaGravenese (“The Bridges of Madison County”) and William Nicholson (“Les Misérables”) submitted a first proposal but Universal was apparently not keen on their version.
The Coen brothers will look back on Louis Zamperini’s unusual life. Born in 1917, the Italian New Yorker who is now 96 took part in the 1936 Olympics organized in Berlin during Hitler’s era. He joined the Air Force in 1941 and was captured and tortured by the Japanese army until the end of the war.
No filming date has yet been set for “Unbroken” and no parts have yet been cast. This will be Angelina Jolie’s second foray into directing after “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which was released at the end of 2011. The Hollywood star will be in cinemas in 2014 as the wicked fairy in “Maleficent.”
The Coen brothers will release their next film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” later this year. Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund will all feature in the movie, which will explore the 1960s New York folk scene. -AFPRelaxnews
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