Angelina Jolie is proving that she is “Unbroken” with her newest directorial project.
“The Wrap” reports that the “Changeling” actress’s sophomore directorial effort is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”
The book follows the story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, an Olympian who became a war hero during WWII when he and two other members of the crew survived for nearly 50 days on a raft after their plane crashed. The trio were then captured by the Japanese Navy and held in a prisoner-of-war camp.
“I’ve had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now – I am proud to say – dear friend,” Jolie said, according to “The Wrap.” “I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves.”
“Unbroken” will go into production this September for a Christmas Day release in 2014. Angelina earned praise for her directorial debut, 2011’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” though the film itself earned somewhat mixed reviews.
It’s great to see Angelina back in action so soon after undergoing a double mastectomy. In a recent “New York Times” op-ed, she revealed that she made her decision after learning that she possesses the BRCA1 gene, which significantly raises a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer.
Jolie publicly stepped out for the first time since her surgery the premiere of husband Brad Pitt’s film “World War Z.” As for her return to the big screen, the "Daily Mail" reports that the actress filmed Disney’s live-action take on the “Sleeping Beauty” retelling, “Maleficent”, which is due out for in next year.