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Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' Finds Its New Writers in the Coen Brothers

February 26, 2013 07:06:21 GMT

Ethan and Joel Coen will rewrite the script for Jolie's next directorial film about former Olympian and WWII bombadier Louis Zamperini.


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Angelina Jolie has found herself perfect writers to rewrite the script for her upcoming directorial film "Unbroken". According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ethan and Joel Coen are set to team up with the longtime partner of Brad Pitt for the World War II drama.

The Coen brothers will adapt the story from Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book of the same title. The draft of the script was previously written by William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese before the helmer of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" signed on.

"Unbroken" tells the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian and WWII bombadier whose plane crashed at sea in 1943. Zamperini and two crewmates floated adrift for 47 days and 2000 miles - he was caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a POW camp where he was specifically targeted by a sadistic overseer.

Universal Pictures has been trying to adapt Zamperini's story into the big screen for decades. It finally bought the rights to Hillenbrand's book in 2011 and tapped "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence to serve behind the lens.

Following Lawrence's departure, Jolie boarded as the new director last December. Words are, the "Salt" actress has been spending weeks to search for top-notch scribes to adapt the story. It is rumored that she's being extremely picky with her choice. In addition to directing it, Jolie serves as a co-producer alongside Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff.

As for the Coen brothers, the duo recently directed "Inside Llewyn Davis", an upcoming film about folk music scene staring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund. The duo have been nominated five times for Oscars in writing category and have won two for "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo".

© AceShowbiz.com




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