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Angelina Jolie Directing 'Unbroken', Story of Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie Directing 'Unbroken', Story of Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie is in final negotiations to direct the upcoming film Unbroken, the story of Olympian-turned-World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, according to Deadline.

“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,” the 37-year-old filmmaker said in a statement. “Louie is a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.”

“In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition,” Universal Pictures heads Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley said in a statement. “She has a real ability to illustrate he strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”

Unbroken will be Angelina‘s second feature as a director after last year’s In the Land of Blood and Honey.

FYI: Today is Angie‘s partner Brad Pitt‘s 49th birthday! Hope it is a great one!

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  • Wonderbust

    I wonder if they will go with a well established actor or cast an unknown. I don’t want to jinx things but I smell an Oscar nomination. Have a good night.

  • lurker

    so when will fat tick and baldy dwarf direct another 5 second movie ,watch out guys we will see more fake photo ups and plant stories by the tick

  • anggg

    Her first movie was a huge flop so let’s give her a chance to create another movie no one wants to see!

  • Love the JoliePitts

    @groundcontrol:
    .
    #35
    .
    Also want to thank you for this additional article, Groundcontrol.
    .
    I found these statements insightful -
    .
    “The project has now gained some strong momentum, as Angelina Jolie is being targeted to take the helm.”
    .
    With Angelina at the helm….there is great interest in bringing this project to fruition!
    .
    “and Jolie will oversee the fine-tuning of the script …”
    .
    Is this normal that the director oversees the fine tuning of the script? What great confidence and trust they are expressing and exhibiting in her here.
    .
    “It’s definitely an amazing story, and Jolie showed true talent behind the camera with Blood and Honey so hopefully she’ll be able to turn out something special.”
    .
    These statements speak volumes as to how impressed the Hollywood big-wigs and big-shots and the ones who call the shots are with the work Angelina did with Blood and Honey. I dare say if Angelina’s movie could have been put up for nomination for an Oscar it would have been.
    .
    I mean, William Hague was so inspired by her movie he HAD to do something about the brutal raping of women in war. He said that movie removed ALL excuses for doing nothing. Angelina is a great story teller with movies. She is apparently gifted.
    .
    Brad is so right in describing his wife Angelina as a “FORCE!” She is proving to be a phenomenal Force for good.
    .
    She is just like Brad in so many ways. She goes out and MAKES it happen. Love them both for their tenacious approach to life.

  • Commenting on comments

    Brad talking recently about Angelina directing starting at the :55 minute mark here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJRodtCqroY

  • Guest 8

    @groundcontrol:

    ANDREW GARFIELD!!!!!!!!!!

  • lurker

    @anggg:
    hey troll it still made more money than mismanagement and had bunch of awards and opened doors for her,winning all the way

  • Commenting on comments

    @Guest 8:

    Yesss to Andrew Garfield! He’s got the look and the temperament.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Hi Phool,
    .
    I want to wish you a very lovely and happy day tomorrow. I read your very interesting posts on the previous thread.
    .
    So many stories are coming out now about Mrs. Lanza’s dysfunctional behaviour and lifestyle….most of it we will never know if it is true because she is not here to speak for herself. Hindsight is not always 20 20 and when a person is no longer able to tell their side of the story it is so easy to paint a distorted picture of them.
    .
    But it is clear her son was egregiously in need of mental help. This is an area that needs to receive great consideration in our society. Too many people are suffering from it without the care they need so desperately to receive.
    .
    I pray this tragedy will cause all of us in this world to look at every thing we can do to prevent such a horrible thing from ever happening again.

  • just me

    Angelina Jolie is gifted. Gifted with beauty, intelligence, maturity, kindness and so on and on.

  • just me

    What a coincidence. Early this morning was reading and article on Runner’s World about Heroes. Long live Mr. Louie Zamperini (96 years old!!!!)

  • rachel

    angelina always uses her intelligence and that is what makes her great.

  • anustin

    thats my girl,anjie.happy birthday poppa pitt.

  • Go Figure!

    Does this mean Ticky is now gonna take the first Lifetime movie she can beg, borrow or steal to direct? Anything to try and keep pace with the Jolie!

  • plez

    I’m told that she campaigned hard for the film against a number of other directors. Universal execs were very impressed with her sophisticated treatment of difficult subject matter. Her detailed take on Zamperini won her this job.
    “In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition,” Fogelson and Langley said in a statement. “She has a real ability to illustrate he strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”
    .
    Sometimes it is not about the box office but about the quality of the work done that gathers the biggest rewards. These people saw how wonderful Angelina directed ITLOBAH.

  • plez

    @Guest 8: He would be great. I checked IMDB and Spiderman is in preproduction for a 2014 release. He may not be available.

  • Frenchy

    Happy Birthday to Brad! Looking as great as ever!
    Congrats to Angelina on being chosen by the studio to direct this interesting story. Can’t wait to hear more as the project gets near production.

    Waving to all!!!!!!!

  • anustin

    lovin the agony.suck it!trollniston.

  • anustin

    bless the JPs.wherever they are.happy birthday poppa pitt.

  • rj

    Where’s PT and Clini and others? I am here to read their comments. I like B and A, but I also like B and A’s fans.

  • Jen the HAG

    lurker @ 12/18/2012 at 11:47 pm +8

    @anggg:
    hey troll it still made more money than mismanagement and had bunch of awards and opened doors for her,winning all the way
    ——————————–
    Right on !! and TIcky did a 10 min. tv movie with the help of two other actress but famewhore it as if she’s the only one who directed it ..lmaooooooo!!!!!

  • Bea

    Happy birthday Brad! Angie you are our inspiration!

  • Jolie+lover/s=making magic

    Wonder How long till she gets caught sleeping with one of the actor or all of actors/actress or even one of the crew member of her new movie? Do you think she was meeting the producer of this movie,ahem ahem, at the hotel that night back in September When she was caught staying in a hotel in LA overnight,while Pitt was away in London? Didn’t she say she campaigned hard for this?LOL It must have been so hard on her spending the night with the producer of this movie.Aww poor her.She did her best to be the director of this movie.Brad should be understanding.How many has she sleep with to get this job, and How many she will sleep with during the filming?LOL

  • Lucian

    Jolie Pitt family are full of talents. Both Angie and Brad are beautiful and talented. That’s why they are in demand.

  • Jen the HAG

    Jolie+lover/s=making magic @ 12/19/2012 at 3:32 am

    Yeah right tamshit u might be using different name but the same crapola you’ve been posting sincce Brad and Angelina get engaged. !! Different name, different proxy, same lame post … suck to be TICKY’s fan bwahahhahah!!!

  • Jen the HAG

    Lucian @ 12/19/2012 at 3:37 am +1

    Jolie Pitt family are full of talents. Both Angie and Brad are beautiful and talented. That’s why they are in demand.
    ==============
    and both Brad and Angelina are always on the list of most influential celebrities that’s why the JENHAGS keep hurting and spinning their hate to no avail ..because Brad and Angelina still at the top of HW food chain.. while TICKY is a like a worm for fish food bwahahhahah!! below the food chain ..LMAOOOO!!!

  • Just Saying

    Brad said at KTS interviews he will produce more, Angie will direct more. I think they will do just that unless some roles are really interesting, they may be acting.

  • Congrats Angie

    Angie directing again is extremely exciting. She is a beautiful brainy gal loved by the world.
    With the exception of a few thwarted trolls who waste time and energy trying to deflect the energetic powerful Angie and her mighty renowned husband to be Brad Pitt. Meh.

    A hearty Congratulations Angie!

  • lylian

    Bringing my comment over from the previous thread:
    .
    >>>>>>>>>>
    .

    Wow! this sounds like an amazing story. Very glad to know that Angelina will direct it in her 2nd outing as director.
    .

  • lylian

    @Love the JoliePitts:
    .
    But it is clear her son was egregiously in need of mental help. This is an area that needs to receive great consideration in our society. Too many people are suffering from it without the care they need so desperately to receive.
    .
    >>>>>>>>
    .
    But the thing is this: Mrs Lanza was very well to do. Adam Lanza’s father was covered by full insurance from GE. I don’t know what happened as far as ADam’s medical treatment went. It will be interesting to find out.
    .

  • Amazing Angie

    Angie never fails to amaze. As a long time Fan of both Angie and Brad i am so proud knowing another magnificent piece of work
    awaits us.

  • bdj

    Congrats to Angelina Jolie. Mama Angie is a talented Director, Writer and Actor. Happy Birthday to Brad Pitt. Papa Pitt is a talented Actor and Producer. Both BP and AJ are great humanitarians, doing some good in the world. I wish them all the best.

  • Mongelina

    She has managed to direct again, thanks to her nights in a hotel of L.A ‘negotiating’
    Pitt is an idiot if he does not announce the split, the horns are not good

  • Typical

    Just like she did at the oscars with the desperate for attention ‘leg pose’ when Brad was the nominated one, on Brad’s birthday jolie desperately tries to steal the attention again. Tsk tsk.
    After weeks with no news she leaks this on Brad’s birthday???? Please. Weak sad woman.

  • Oh noooooo!!!

    This means we will have to put up with 1000000000 premieres of the film, dragging the actors everywhere just for them to say how amazing she is, 10000000 interviews for her vanity. Oh my……

  • LOL

    @Oh noooooo!!!:
    And still no one will care enough to go see the film just like it happened with the war one.

  • Rose

    Good morning to all the. Brad and Angelina’s fans. What good news for the fans to hear this morning. Angle is so talented. Is there anything she cannot do with Brad at her side?

    I Just read a troll saying,.. “we will have to put up with 1000000 premiers of the film…”.No you don’t. Why can’t trolls realized they don’t have to see anything Brad or Angelina are working on. All they have to do is don’t open anything with Brad and Angie’s names attached to it. Very simple solution, don’t visit their threads. Stop torturing yourselves.

  • Rose

    Ot: anyone interesting in reading more about Ms Lanza, shooter’s mother. New info on the Daily Mail. Very interesting.

  • Rose

    @Phool, good morning my dear Phool, hope all is well with you. Yesterday you were asking FYI 12 to please post a video for you. Someone poster the link to this video at Pg 3, #63. I enjoyed the video also some really good side bar videos. I especially liked one with Brad being interviewed by Charlie Rose I believe on 5-04. Lots of info if you listened very carefully.

  • Rose

    @Susan, good morning my dear Susan? Hope you’ll be off for the holidays. Did I tell you I bought my Chanel No 5 two weeks ago? I saw Brad yesterday on tv, Chanel No 5 ad still being played… they must be maying lots of money, lol. Brad and Chanel laughing all the way to the bank.

    @hello woman Spanish, long time no see you here. Have a great da

    Big shout out to all the early birds, you know who you are. Have a good day all.

  • just doing her NWO job

    may you rot in hell along with brainless Pittiful

  • rotinhell

    can’t say it

  • Seek God

    This is very good news. I said this a few days ago. Angelina will become christian. Brad’s mother gave her a Bible recently. I’m sure Jane must often speak abour christian faith with Angelina. The true faith which leads to forgiveness, deliverance, personal relationship with God and eternal life.
    Now, Angelina will make a movie about a born-again christian, Louis Zamperini.
    A few days ago, I posted this passage from the Bible and now that Angelina makes a film about a born again Christian? This shows that she is closer to God than what i thought.
    From the Bible John 3:1-3
    Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
    3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
    .
    I am very happy because I know that one day, the family Jolie Pitt will accept Jesus and become Christian because it is a promise of God to all true Christians :
    .
    From the Bible
    Acts 16:31 (This verset is a promise of God for christians who pray for the conversion of their family. I am sure Brad’s family pray for him and his family. God is not a man for lying : one day, Brad and all his family will accept Jesus) :
    31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

  • mongelina flopssssssssssssssss

    False wedding is out, mongelina has to travel and direct her new flop
    False ring, false wedding, the next ?

  • Jones

    Congratulations to Angie for landing what sounds like an incredible directing project with Universal Studios! I know it will be awesome and I’ll be there in the theater to watch it once it’s released. Happy belated 49th B-day to Brad. Looking good William Bradley…like a fine wine.
    *
    I love the projects they choose to be involved with. Really quality stories about the human condition. No silly rom-coms or that cookie-cutter, formulaic shite Hollywood churns out on a daily basis.
    *
    I love that Angie has found her niche in directing and Brad enjoys producing. What amazing talent in one family!

  • Megastar Jolie

    REPOSTING THIS PART:

    Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Unbroken,’ The Incredible Story Of Lou Zamperini
    By MIKE FLEMING JR. | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 9:19pm EST

    EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and Walden Media are in final negotiations with with Angelina Jolie to direct Unbroken, the unbelievable story of Olympian-turned-WWII POW Louis Zamperini. The project, which Universal has developed for going on 55 years, is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Matthew Baer and Erwin Stoff are producing.

    For Jolie, this will mark her second film as director after she made her debut on In The Land Of Blood And Honey. This will be her first directing outing on a major studio film. It’s easy to imagine that the world’s biggest female star gets whatever she wants, but I’m told that she campaigned hard for the film against a number of other directors. Universal execs were very impressed with her sophisticated treatment of difficult subject matter. Her detailed take on Zamperini won her this job.

    “In her life and in her work, Angelina has embraced stories and causes involving great struggle and triumph over tremendous odds and the basic human condition,” Fogelson and Langley said in a statement. “She has a real ability to illustrate he strength in human spirit which will be essential in telling Lou’s story of survival and great heroism.”

    ——-
    i thought Angelina’s career is over and she’s not even considered A-list? LOL

  • Susan

    @Rose: Good morning, I’m off next week.
    Enjoy your Chanel, at the malls the Chanel Ad is on the electronic billboards.
    People can laugh all they want, but the perfume is selling and that what the company cares about.

  • Brad’s New World Odor

    Smell It Zombies
    Pheeew !!!

  • OT- nice choice

    2m David Grann ‏@DavidGrann
    Time magazine’s cover for 2012 Person of the Year: Obama. http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/times-person-of-the-year-issue-cover-gallery/slide/person-of-the-year-president-barack-obama/ … via @nytjim

  • nice

    Great news- Angie will yet again do an excellent job- so much to look forward to! I bet Brad had a wonderful birthday with his sweet Angie and their six precious babies!! Here’s one of my fav JP videos to help celebrate:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsWa9QwTmI0

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