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Joel and Ethan Coen have long been known as writer/directors who typically direct the scripts that they pen, but in recent years that has slowly been changing. There was of course Crimewave back in 1985, which the duo co-wrote with Sam Raimi, but last year their screenplay for the remake of the crime comedy Gambit was put into production with Michael Hoffman at the helm and Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz starring; and now the brothers have taken on another writing assignment that they don't plan to helm themselves.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the Coens are the now the latest writing team to try and tackle the long in-development biopic about the legendary Lou Zamperini, a project that already has Angelina Jolie set to direct. Titled Unbroken, the film will be an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's book of the same name and tell the amazing true story of how the hero and 1936 Berlin Olympics track star crashed his Air Force plane during World War II, survived for 47 days at sea, and would up fighting for his life in a Japanese prison camp.
Prior to Jolie's involvement Hunger Games: Catching Fire filmmaker Francis Lawrence was going to make the picture, and writers like William Nicholson (Les Miserables) and Richard LaGravenese (Water For Elephants) had been brought on board to take a crack at the script.
This will be the first time that the Coens have worked with Jolie, though they did previously work with Brad Pitt on the comedy Burn After Reading. The brothers' next directorial effort, Inside Llewyn Davis, was recently picked up for distribution by CBS Films, but doesn't currently have a release date.