Coen Brothers to Rewrite WWII Drama 'Unbroken' for Angelina Jolie
As we wait for the next directorial effort from Joel and Ethan Coen to hit theaters sometime this year after CBS Films acquired it earlier this month, the brothers will keep busy as a writing duo again. The two scripted the remake of Gambit, and now THR reports the Coen Brothers will rewriter the adaptation of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand's book of the same name, which has Angelina Jolie attached to direct. The project set up at Universal follows Olympian Louis Zamperini who became a prisoner of war in World War II after his plane crashed in the Pacific, forcing him to endure near starvation and dehydration, shark attacks, enemy fighters and more for 47 days. And that's just the beginning of his struggles. More below!
After barely surviving all those elements, Zamperini washed on the shore of a Japanese island behind enemy lines and was held prisoner for two years, tortured by his captors. This sounds like an Oscar winning drama in the making, especially since the Coens have been nominated for writing several times in the past. Mix that with Jolie's promising directing career, and a good cast should come running to get this project off the ground. This is especially intriguing since Joel and Ethan rarely take on writing assignments that they don't intend to direct themselves. We're anxious to see how this project develops so stay tuned.