December 19th, 2012
03:42 PM ET
After making her directorial and screenwriting debut with 2011's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Angelina Jolie is prepared to helm another film.
The 37-year-old is in talks to direct an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book, "Unbroken," according to Deadline. Although it'll be Jolie's second time directing a feature, it will be her first go-round with a major studio release.
"Unbroken" tells the story of Olympic athlete and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, whose heroism and resilience captivated readers when Hillenbrand's book was published in 2010.
Jolie said in a statement Wednesday that she was "so moved by [Louis] Zamperini's story" after reading "Unbroken" that she "immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film."
Zamperini "is a true hero and a man with an immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story."
"Unbroken" will arrive from Universal Pictures and Walden Media, and Universal's chairman, Adam Fogelson, and co-chair, Donna Langley, have commended Jolie for her storytelling.
“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,” they said in a statement. “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.”
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