Angelina Jolie hires Coen Brothers to rewrite new movie 'Unbroken'

Jolie will direct the film, which tells the remarkable true story of prisoner of war Louis Zamperini

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Angelina Jolie has hired the Coen Brothers to rewrite Unbroken, her latest project as director.

Jolie was linked to Unbroken last December and has now signed up to direct the movie, which tells the remarkable true story of World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini.

Zamperini, a former Olympic track athlete, survived a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean and then spent 47 days drifting on a raft. After being picked up by Japanese soldiers, he was locked up in a series of brutal POW camps for the next two-and-a-half years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Jolie has spent "weeks" looking for screenwriters to revise the existing script, which has already had input from William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and Richard LaGravenese (Water For Elephants). The script is based on Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Zamperini, who is now 96 years old.

After being "extremely choosy", Jolie has plumped for Joel and Ethan Coen, who will take on the rewrite in a rare script-only assignment. The Coen Brothers won Oscars for their screenplays to Fargo and No Country For Old Men but generally direct their own material.

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