Angelina Jolie to direct Unbroken

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 December 2012
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is to direct 'Unbroken', a true-life story about former Olympian and Air Force bombardier Louis Zamperini, who was captured and sent to a Japanese prison camp during World War II

Angelina Jolie is to direct a film about former prisoner of war.

The 'Salt' actress is to work on 'Unbroken', a big-screen adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book 'Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption'. The tale is a true story about 1936 Olympics competitor Louis Zamperini, who served as a US Army Air Forces bombardier in World War II, survived a plane crash and lived on a raft for 47 days, before being captured and sent to a Japanese prison camp.

Angelina says she feels "deeply honoured" to be allowed to bring Louis' story to life.

She said in a statement: "I read Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louie Zamperini's heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film.

"Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story."

The movie will be made for Universal Pictures and Walden Media and the studio are delighted to have Angelina on board.

Universal Pictures co-chairs Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said: "In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition. She has a real ability to illustrate the strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou's story of survival and great heroism."

Angelina made her directorial movie debut with 2011 Bosnian war drama 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'.


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Angelina Jolie
  • Written by: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) , Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), William Nicholson (screenplay), Laura Hillenbrand (book)
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson
  • UK release: 26 December 2014

Staggering true story of Louis Zamperini (O'Connell), an Olympic runner who in WW II became a USAAF bombardier who was shot down, survived in a raft for days and ended up in a Japanese POW camp. Jolie's directorial skills are much improved, but there's just too much story going for any character development.

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