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By Todd Cunningham
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Universal Pictures will release the Angelina Jolie-directed "Unbroken" on December 25, 2014.
"Unbroken" is set to begin production in September.
"Unbroken" marks Jolie's second turn behind the camera, after her directorial debut, 2011's Golden Globe Award-nominated "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
Based on The New York Times bestselling book "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand ("Seabiscuit: An American Legend").
Jolie, who is joined on the project by fellow producers Matthew Baer ("City by the Sea") and Erwin Stoff ("The Day the Earth Stood Still"), has been a fierce champion of bringing the story of Louis "Louie" Zamperini' s bravery to the big screen.
Originally published by Random House in 2010, the book follows the life story of Olympian and war hero Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII - only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
"I've had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with Louie Zamperini, who is a hero of mine, and now - I am proud to say - dear friend," said Jolie. "I am deeply honored to be telling his extraordinary story, and I will do my absolute best to give him the film he deserves. I am grateful to Universal for making this film a priority."
The behind-the-scenes team will be led by 10-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins ("Skyfall"), who comes aboard as director of photography, and Jon Hutman ("In the Land of Blood and Honey"), who reteams with Jolie as the film's production designer.