The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that Joel and Ethan Coen have signed up to rewrite Unbroken, the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II hero whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean where he survived aerial attacks, starvation and shark attacks for 47 days before washing up behind enemy lines in Japan. He was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.
The Coen brothers have been tapped to rewrite Unbroken, the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book, for Universal — which has been trying to mount a Zamperini story in some form or fashion for decades.
Universal picked up the rights to the book in January 2011, initially for Francis Lawrence to direct. Jolie boarded as director in December. She has spent weeks searching for top-flight writers to tackle the project, with sources saying the director was extremely choosy.
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The Coen Brothers are best known for their Oscar winning films No Country for Old Men and Fargo, but have also achieved both critical and commercial acclaim for films such as True Grit, The Big Lebowski and Burn After Reading.
Angelina Jolie has started her move into directing with In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011. She’ll next be seen on-screen in Disney’s Maleficent next summer.