Angelina Jolie to direct World War II biopic ‘Unbroken’

She's in final negotiations to make a film about remarkable survivor Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie is poised to return to directing with a World War II biopic called Unbroken.

According to Deadline, the actress is “in final negotiations” with Universal Pictures to helm the movie, which tells the true story of Olympian-turned-Prisoner of War Louis Zamperini.

Zamperini, a former Olympic track athlete, survived a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean and then spent 47 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.

The film has a script by Gladiator writer William Nicholson, who rewrote an earlier draft by Richard LaGravanese. 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.

Jolie said of the project: “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.”

According to Deadline, Jolie is still waiting to approve the final script and then needs to cast the film, but shooting is expected to take place next year (2013). Unbroken will be her second film behind the camera. She previously helmed 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, a romantic drama set in wartime Sarajevo.