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Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite initial draft of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand's tale of Us war hero Lou Zamperini

The Coen brothers are to work on the screenplay for Unbroken, a historical drama about American second world war hero Lou Zamperini that will be Angelina Jolie's next film as director, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Oscar-winning film-makers will rewrite an initial draft of the story, based on Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 novel Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

Zamperini, a one-time Olympic track star, made headlines after surviving for 47 days without food or water when his Us airforce plane crash-landed in the Pacific in 1943. Having endured shark attacks, aerial attacks and extreme hunger, he was eventually picked up by the Japanese after getting washed ashore on an island behind enemy lines. Zamperini's captors imprisoned him for two years, during which time he was tortured. »

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