Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Chiwetel Ejiofor Joins The Martian
Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis also set for Ridley Scott's latest
Judge Dredd: Superfiend Trailer Arrives
Death is coming...
Things Get Musical In An Into The Woods Featurette
Streep, Depp and the rest talk up the film
Insidious: Chapter 3 Teaser Trailer Arrives
Back to the beginning...
Exclusive Clip From Edwyn Collins' The Possibilities Are Endless
A meet cute with Submarine's Yasmin Paige
Ethan Hawke Playing Chet Baker
He's on to be the legendary jazz trumpeter
New Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Clip With Benedict Cumberbatch
Smaug steps into the light...
Christian Bale Back In Talks For Steve Jobs Biopic
UPDATE: Aaron Sorkin confirms his casting
Quicksilver Rumoured For X-Men: Apocalypse
He should be dashing back on our screens
Official Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Arrives
Tony and the assembled heroes face a techno-threat
Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Share IQ 83
Dumbing down for a sci-fi satire
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 October 2014
Latest Unbroken Trailer Online
Angelina Jolie's latest directorial effort has a new promo
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Unbroken
26 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Maleficent (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Inside Llewyn Davis (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Gambit (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Empire Star Rating
True Grit (2011)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Coen Brothers Take Unbroken
Re-writing the script for Angelina Jolie

26 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Joel and Ethan Coen, Oscars

Shortly before Christmas last year, Angelina Jolie announced that she had locked in the next film she wanted to direct. Her chosen project was Unbroken, a story of perseverance and stamina based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book. Today the Coen brothers have signed on to re-write the script.

Hillenbrand’s book, subtitled A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption, follows Lou Zamperini, an LA high school track star who raced in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. During World War II, his Air Force plane crashed in the Pacific. He survived without food and water for 47 days, enduring shark attacks, strafings and hunger, until washing ashore on a Japanese island behind enemy lines, where he was held as a prisoner of war for two years and tortured by his captors.

The story has been slogging its way through development since Universal picked it up in 2011 in its latest attempt to bring Zamperini’s journey to the screen. Francis Lawrence was originally attached and William Nicholson most recently wrote a draft of the script. Now the brothers Coen have the job.

"I read Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book", Jolie said when she took on the director’s job, "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.”

It’s rare for Joel and Ethan to take on scripting work for other people, but they do it occasionally, including, most recently, Gambit. Their latest directorial gig, Inside Llewyn Davis, has been bought by CBS Films with a US release planned for December.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Eden Trailer Online
Innocence isn't lost. It's stolen
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Reaction
We dive under the hood of Whedon's sequel teaser

10 Of The Most Impressive In-Universe Movie Tie-In Websites
From Blair Witch to Days Of Future Past, expand your cinematic horizons online

The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)