A biopic of Lou Zamperini has been in the works for a long time, and a few months ago it got some extra impetus when Angelina Jolie signed on to direct. However it seems the script isn’t quite ready, as she’s reached out to the Coen Brothers for a rewrite, according to THR.
Although Joel and Ethan normally write scripts for themselves to helm, with the likes of Crimewave and Gambit they’ve been happy to work on the screenplay and then let others direct.
Currently titled Unbroken, the film is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s book about Lou Zamperini, a 1936 Berlin Olympics track star who joined the US Air Force during World War II. When his plane crashed he survived for 47 days at sea, got captured by the Japanese and ended up fighting for his life in a prison camp.
The likes of William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Water For Elephants) have previously worked on the script.