Angelina Jolie to helm WWII drama

Last updated 15:40 20/12/2012
Angelina Jolie
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TAKING THE HELM AGAIN: Angelina Jolie is in advanced talks to direct a World War II drama.

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Angelina Jolie is in advanced talks to direct a World War II drama.

The Hollywood star is set to step behind the camera for a second time to helm Unbroken for Universal Pictures and Walden Media. The movie is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian-turned-World War II prisoner of war, who survived on a raft for weeks following a plane crash before being captured.

The film will be an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestselling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, and Angelina has been moved by the tale.

"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," Jolie said in a statement. "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."

American distance runner Zamperini spent 47 days on a raft before being captured and imprisoned in a prisoner of war camp by the Japanese Navy.

Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and co-chairman Donna Langley, along with Walden Media CEO Michael Bostick, announced Angelina's intention to direct Unbroken. They are convinced she is the perfect person to work on the project.

"She has a real ability to illustrate the strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou's story of survival and great heroism," they said in a joint statement.

Jolie, 37, made her directorial debut with the 2011 movie In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Jolie's fiancé Brad Pitt celebrated his 49th birthday on Tuesday.

While Jolie's career appears to be going from strength to strength, insiders are worried Pitt is going through a tough time.

The hunk is believed to be desperate to win an Oscar, after losing out on the award earlier this year.

"He's not in a great place at the moment. He's on the home run to his 50th birthday and he was crucified over that hideous Chanel advert," a source told British newspaper The Sun.

"Brad has very high standards and expects the best when it comes to his work. And to be honest his recent films have done pretty well - just not well enough for him.

"The guy got a best actor Oscar nomination this year for Moneyball and he's being way too hard on himself. But not winning it hit him harder than he's let on."

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