Angelina Jolie teams up with Coen brothers for new film
Angelina Jolie will be working with the Coen brothers, but the Oscar winning filmmaking duo will only be penning a script which Jolie herself will be helming.
Jolie is adapting Laura Hillenbrand's book into a forthcoming film entitled 'Unbroken'. The novel is subtitled 'A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption' offering many weighty prospects for a cinematic treatment.
The story follows an LA high school sports star named Lou Zamperini who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but his real story of triumph came during World War 2 when his Allie plane ditched in the Pacific and he went for 47 days without food or water amid hungry sharks before washing up on Japanese shores only to be captured and detained for two years.
After accepting the job to direct, Jolie stated: "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 honoured to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.”
Francis Lawrence was originally attached and William Nicholson also took a run at the script but couldn't crack it so now the Coen brothers (who almost always shoot their own scripts with the far from great exemption of 'Gambit') have been drafted in. The Coens worked with Jolie's film star beau, Brad Pitt, on 'Burn After Reading' which could explain their services.
The Coens' latest film as directors (and indeed writers) is 'Inside Llewyn Davis' starring Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. The 1960s-set folk music drama is expected to be released late this year.
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