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Angelina Jolie drafts Coen Brothers to write her WWII drama 'Unbroken'
Angelina Jolie and Universal Pictures have drafted a big name to write the latest draft of her upcoming directorial effort, "Unbroken" about the unbelievable life of WWII hero Lou Zamperini. Make that two big names.
Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country For Old Men," "True Grit," "Fargo") have been tapped to write the screenplay for the film, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Unbroken" tells the true story of Olympic track star-turned-Air Force pilot Zamperini, who was shot down over the Pacific in 1943. He was at sea for 47 hunger-filled days, and survived attacks from both enemy aircraft and sharks, before washing up on a Japanese-controlled island. There, his troubles really began.
Francis Lawrence ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire") was originally set to direct, but Jolie replaced him in December, and has reportedly been very choosy about which screenwriters she wanted for the film.
Both William Nicholson and Richard LaGravenese worked on the script before Jolie signed on.
The Coen Brothers typically only write films that they direct themselves, but have lately been taking on more outside projects, including the upcoming heist comedy "Gambit," starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.
Their next film as directors, "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman, opens this fall.