First Look: Angelina Jolie Directing at Sea for WWII Drama 'Unbroken'
by Ethan Anderton
October 31, 2013
Though the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie, the war romance In the Land of Blood and Honey, wasn't a blockbuster hit, it did establish that the actress knows what she's dong behind the camera. Now Jolie is making a second attempt at directing, this time with a movie that should get much more attention at the box office. Jolie is adapting Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling novel Unbroken, the story of 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. Now some first look photos behind the scenes have surfaced featuring Jolie directing her cast at sea. See photos below!
Following Zamperini's danger at sea, he washed on the shore of a Japanese island behind enemy lines and was held prisoner for two years, tortured by his captors. The first look photos are from production on the ocean, which started on October 16th, far out at sea in Moreton Bay, Australia. Here are the first photos:
Angelina Jolie (In the Land of Blood and Honey) directs Unbroken as her sophomore filmmaking effort, also producing the film which has a script from William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), rewritten by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling novel. The epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by Japan's Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) also stars in the film which Universal releases December 25th, 2014.