Angelina Jolie is in talks to direct her first studio movie, "Unbroken," for Universal Pictures and Walden Media, Universal said Tuesday.
Based on the bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand ("Seabiscuit"), "Unbroken" centers on 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini, who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Published in 2010, the book sat atop the New York Times bestseller list for 108 weeks. It won the Los Angeles Times book of the year award for nonfiction.
The project marks Jolie's second directorial effort. She tackled the politically fraught indie "In the Land of Blood and Honey," a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war, last year.