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Jolie, Coen Brothers Team Up on WWII POW Biopic

    February 27, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ethan and Joel Coen (the Coen brothers, most known for movies such as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and The Big Lebowski) will be teaming up with Angelina Jolie on a screen adaptation of the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Instead of the Coen brothers lending their directorial weight to the flick, Jolie will instead take the reins to direct the movie. Jolie has previously directed 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey. The Coen brothers will instead be taking over the screenplay, rewriting it.

Unbroken is the biographical account of World War II soldier Louis Zamperini, who crash-landed in the Pacific. He spent 47 days trapped on a raft before washing up in Japan, where he was then held in brutal conditions as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. The book was written by Laura Hillenbrand, who also authored Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated Seabiscuit in 2003.