Angelina Jolie is in talks to direct Univeral's upcoming adaption of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

The book centers on the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini. The story follows the journey of the WWII soldier and two crewman, who survived in a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII. The men survived only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a P.O.W. camp. The film will not only follow his time in the camp, but chronicles his time as a member of the 1936 US Olympic team in Berlin.

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This will mark Angelina Jolie's second directorial project after In the Land of Blood and Honey back in 2011.

Here is what the star had to say about taking on the project.

"I read Laura Hillenbrand's brilliant book, and I was so moved by Louis Zamperini's heroic story, I immediately began to fight for the opportunity to make this film. Louis 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."

Gladiator's William Nicholson wrote the first draft of the screenplay with Richard LaGravenese providing a re-write back in early 2011. Matthew Baer, Erwin Stoff and Mick Garris are producing.